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The Complete Confectioner, or the Whole Art of Con
fectionary made Easy; with Receipts for Liqueures, Home-made Wines, 8c. the result of many Years Erperience with the celebrated Negri and Witten. By Frederic Nutt, Esq. 4th Edition. 12mo. Es. 6d. Mathews and Leigh.
As it is not often that a poor Reviewer obtains a sight of these delicacies on the table, he may at least be permitted to have a “ taste of their quality" in folio if not in fructu. Having run over these pages (not however without frequent exclamations against the extravagance and luxury of the age, nor, we must confess, without feeling some of the sensations of poor Tantalus) we are bound to announce to all the Cooks and House keepers of our Nobility and Gentry, that they will find this Nut to be one that is very well worth the cracking. Original Poems, on various accasions. By a Lady. Res
vised by William Cowper, Esq. of the Inner Temple, Second Edition, 12mo. 2s. 6d. Mathews and Leigh, 1807.
These Poems appear to have been first published in 1792. The circumstance of their having been revised by Cowper is in itself a sufficient passport. They are chiefly upon serious subjects, and are undoubtedly very favourable specimens of devotional Poetry, in which, as Dr. Johnson observes, few writers have been successful. “ The paucity of its topics enforces perpetual repetition, and the sanctity of the matter rejects the ornaments of figurative diction.”
We shall transcribe a single article; the first, and one of the shortest.
THE DYING CHRISTIAN.
And in his boundless love exulting dies.
Harris, 1807. The Scene of this. Play is laid on board the Santa Anna, one of the Spanish vessels, and the Victory. The principal characters are officers, and seamen, and the dialogue is perfectly naval. It is therefore stricly a Sailors play; and to say the truth, some of the dialogue is sufficiently spirited and characteristic to shame many of the applanded scenes manufactured by our lubbers on shore.
The works of the late Edward Dayes; containing an
ercursion ihrough the principal Parts of Derbyshire and Yorkshire, with illustrative notes, by E. W. Brayley; Essays on Painting ; Instructions for drawing and colouring Landscapes; and professional sketches of modern Artists, 4to. 12 plates, ll. 10s: White, gc.
We knew Mr. Dayes very well; his pen was as powerful as his pencil; he was well acquainted with the bicka erings and intrigues of Artists, and did not spare them in conversation. He prepared his Tour for the press, only a short time preceding his melanchly death! It is now published for the benefit of his widow. Independent of this inducement to purchase, the work contains many valuable remarks, particularly on drawing; several interesting Biographical notes, and a variety of amusing anecdotes.
The Posthumous Works of Mrs. Chapone : containing
her Correspondence with Mr. Richardson ; a series of Letters to Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, and some Fugitive Pieces, never before Published. Together with an Account of her Life and Character; drawn up by her own Family. 2 vols. 12mu.
Mrs. Chapone's epistolary talents were of the first order, as her character was one of the most amiable and exemplary that our country has producel: it is therefore with peculiar pleasure that we find in these volumes the letters to Mrs. Carter, who being also a lady of great literary eminence, the subjects of which they treat, are not of an idle or frivolous nature. They afford an additional proof of the tine taste, sound judgment, and strong reasoning powers of their ingevious Author; and as they also illustrate many passages of her life, they are very properly interwoven by the Editor with the account of her character.
The Memoirs are modestly and neatly drawn up, withis out any overstrained eulogiums either on the abilities of virtues of Mrs. Chapone, which indeed sufficiently speak for themselves; and it is not easy to say whether the first more excite our admiration than the latter demand out esteem. Though her state of health was at all times des licate, she survived almost all her relations, which were uncommonly numerous, and for two or three years preceding her death her faculties were totally impaired.
In October 1801, she completed her 74th year. On the Christmas day following, without any previous illness, haviny declared herself unusually well the day before, she fell into a doze, from which nothing could arouze her, and which the medical gentlemen who'attended her, immediately pronounced to be the forerunner of death ; and at eight o'clock in the evening, without one apparent struggle or sigh, she breathed her last in the arms of her niece.
The Letters to Mr. Richardson on Filial Obedience, occasioned by the extreme limits to which he carried the parental authority in his Clarissa Harlowe, form the greater part of the second volume. Her arguments are as ingenious as they are just, and her objections as delicately urged as they are elegantly expressed. The Ambulator: or a Pocket Companion in a Tour
round London, within the circuit of Twenty five Miles, 12mo. pp. 336. Scatcherd and Letterman, 1807.
A most useful Vade-Mecum, laboriously compiled, and as accurate as a work of this description can reasonably be expected to prove. The Plates, twelve in nurnber, are well executed ; and the Tour is introduced by a concise account of the inetropolis, judiciously abridged from Pennant, &c. The Editor has descrihed not only whatever he found curious in the works of Nature or of art, but where any place has been distinguished by some memorable circumstance, he has not forgotten how much the incidental recollection of it may improve the sources of conversation, nor what pleasure a well cultivated mind may derive from contemplating the favourite retreats of the benefactors and ornaments of mankind where the statesinan mused in solitude on the welfare of his coun: try, or meditated on the instability of sublunary grandeur; where the philosopher enriched the age with his sublime discoveries ; or the poet “ informed the page
with music, image, sentiment, and thought;" where a Richard Cromwell preferred the scenes of innocence and peace to all the glory of guilty greatness; where a Lyttleton received the first convictions of religious truth or an Addison exemplified in a happy death, the pleasures and importance of a virtuous life.- Preface.
REVIEW OF MUSIC,
Address to Health, “ Nymph with thee at early daren," Gler for four
roices, composed by W. Crotch, Mus. Doc. Birchall, price 1s. Dr. Crotch’s glees are few in number, but they all bear the marks of intrinsic excellence. In the present composition much ingenuity is displayed in the construction of the parts, and taste in the arrangement of the melody. Several points occur, which are sustained in a pleasing as well as masterly stile. An Invocation to Sleep, as sung at the principal concerts Norwich, with
the greatest applause ; the poetry by Mr. Gent, composed with an accompaniment for the Harp or Piano Forte, by William Fish. Broderip and Wilkinson. Price 1s. 6d.
Were we disposed to be witty, we should say that after having finished this song we felt rather inclined to comply with Mr. Fish's “ Invocation" seriously, we think this song, although it contains some pretty passages, rather dull, and certainly not sufficiently interesting for publication. La Fantasie, a Sonata Divertimento, containing a Toceito and March, for the Piano Forte, composed by M. P. King. Birchall. Price 28.
This Sonata, which consists of two movements only, contains not many vew though some pleasing ideas. The mareh is spirited, and the subject is ingeniously varied through a movement of three pages. To young performers the sonata will be very acceptable.
“ He hears me not," & Ballad, the poetry by J. L. Lewes, Esq. Lirerpool, composed by Dia
John Clarke, Cambridge. Birchall. Price is. An elegant and expressive melody, an accompaniment tastefully and skillfully arranged, are the characteristic features of this ballad; it contains several new and beautiful passages, and is throughout highly finished.
“ Clear shines the Sky," . Canzonet, respectfully inscribed to Miss Peers, by IVilliam Crotch,
Mus. Doc. Birchall. Price ls, 6d. Although this canzonet clearly discovers the hand of a master, yet as a whole we cannot rank it among Dr. Crotch's happiest productions. Its chief fault is want of relief, for notwithstanding the style of the accompaniinent is occasionally varied, yet there is a sameness in the melody which rather “palls upon the ear.” Some VOL. II.
masterly strokes of modulation occur, which cannot fail to please the scientific ear. La Carolina, an Adugio and Rondo, for the Piano Forte, composed and
dedicated to the Rt. Hon. Lady Caroline Lowther, by P. A. Corri. Birchall. Price 28.
The Largo with which this Sonata opens is masterly. The subject of the Rondo is animated and interesting, and is worked with considerable ingenuity. We can recommend it as a good Piano Forte lesson.
« Fair Solima," A favourite duett, sung by Mrs. Bullingion, and Mr. Harrison, at the
Worcester ond Chester musical festivals, and at the rocal concerts, with an accompaniment for the Piano Forte, composed und respectfully inscribed to Miss Robinson of Denston Hall, by Dr. John Clarke, of Camdridge. Birchall. Price 28. 64.
At a time like the present, when so many mawkish productions are given to the world under the title of vocal duets, it affords us pleasure to notice one which hears evide marks not only of genius but of care and attention. The same highly cultivated taste, joined to the most classical correctness appear in this, as in many of Dr. Clarke's coinpositions. The parts sing admirably together, the passages are brilliant, and the accompaniment well calculated to assist and heighten the effect of the voices. Nos. V. and VI. The Vocal Magazine, consisting of canzonets, madri
gals, so gs, trios, &c. composed by Joseph Kemp. Wheat stone. Price 38. Published monthly.
No: V. begins with a pastoral ballad. Mr. Kemp appears to he rather fond of this style, and in truth he usually succeeds in it: the ballad in question is neatly arranged, and though not distinguished for much originality, is on the whole rather interesting. The “Hymn to Nature” is in a sober stile, we wish it had been hormonized as it stands the effect is rather meagre. The pastoral canzonet which follows is pretty, and the song What torment does my bosom find” displays some skill in the adaptation of instrumental accompaniments. The melody of the canzonet “ Parch'd by the heat” is easy and flowing, and is well supported by a triplet bass, but like one of the duetts in a former number it is of too extensive a compass to be generally useful, the upper part sometimes lies too low and the lower too high, so that comparatively few female voices can sing either line as it now stands. As the song which follows has not much to recommend it, we pass on to the glee “ I told my Nymph,” wbich we wished when we tried it to be twice as long : it is a well conceived composition, put together in a neat style—the latter part reminded us somewhat of our old friend Travers.
We thank Mr. Kemp for the compliment he is pleased to pay our Review in the last number of his magazine. We have spoken of the contents of his several numbers in such terms as they seemed to us fairly to deserve, and we have been guided in our criticims solely by the merit or demerit of each composition. We admire the modesty and candour with which Mr. Kemp speaks of his work, and we repeat our wishes for its success, because we think it possesses a degree of excellence suficient to entitle it to the patronage of the musical world.