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LECTURE BY SIR HENRY BISHOP.I

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LECTURE BY SIR HENRY BISHOP. I On Wednesday evening last, an entertainment, seldom equalled in Newport, in its attractiveness and merit was given, under the auspices of the committee of the Newport Athenaeum. The programme embraced a lecture, upon his own music, by Sir Henry R. Bishop, professor of music, Oxon, with illustrations by a party of efficient vocalists from Gloucester, Miss Clowes, of Newport, and about 20 members of the Newport Sa,crell Harmonic Society. The direction of the vocal illustrations was entrusted to Mr. H. J. Groves, organist of St. Woollos Church, Newport; Sir H. R. Bishop presiding at the piano. The subjects touched upon in the distinguished lecturer's remarks, will be learned from the following syllabus Remarks on the Music of the Ancient Greeks, and the Origin of the Lyric Drama-On the Songs of the Trouba- dours and MinstrelsâMasquesâHenry Purcell and Dr. Arne-Obstacles to the Progress of English Dramatic Music âThe earlier Compositions of H. R. Bishopâhis first Glee âhis 'Caractacus' Eritisli Composers often unjustly accused of PlagiarismâOn Simplicity in MusicâBishop's First Grand Opera, 1 The Circassian Bride'âRecollections of the Author of some of its PoetryâBishop's Second Opera, The mania&-on the value of Simplicity in Vocal Melodyâ Some observations on the true purposes of inusic-Bishop s earlier career again referred to, 'The Knight of Snowdown' âThe disadvantages formerly experienced by British Composers 'The Miller and his Men'âAqfecdoU of one of Bishop's GleesâAdvice to Yonng Composers anaSingersâ The importance of Music being universally cultivated, its Ment tl and Social Advantages, &c., &0." The lessons read to young musicians, by this accomplished composer, who has won a world-wide fame, and imparted a halo to the school of EnglIsh. music, were exceedingly valuable. He affectionately cautioned them against aiming after effect, by elaborate or florid embellishments, and ad- vised them to seek the satisfaction of pleasing, rather than astonisUng-of reaching the heart, instead of me-eiy surprising the ear; in effect, Sir Henry inculcated s moil- city and truthfulness to nature in their compositions, fie tesselated his admirable lecture with many interesting anecdotes of both musical and poetical celebrities; and his illustrations consisted of gems from his own immortal productionsâamong which were, "Where ait thou, beam of light?" â "Foresters, sound^ the cheerful horn" â Breathe my heart," (quartett) When would a mortal ?' â" The tiger couches in the wood â-the celebrated tramp chorusâ" When the wind blows â Mynheer Vandunck" âthe beautiful "Blow gentle gales"-and "The Chough and Crow"âsome of which pieces were encored, and all enthusiastically applauded. The artistes who gave fine effect to these pieces, were Miss Clowes, Miss Rowles, Miss Phelps, and Miss M. Pbelpl-and Messrs. Groves, Bishop, Hunt, Davis, and Jones; Sir Henry himself presiding at the piano. On this occasion, we were happy to perceive the Newport Sacred Harmonic Society winning well-deserved laurels, which Sir Henry Bishop was not slow in awarding to them. He expressed his high approbation of their efficient and able services, in warm language, and prononnced a very grati- fying eulogium upon Mr. Groves, who, he stated, had mar- shalled his lorces in a manner that reflected upon that gen- tleman the highest credit.. Sir Henry had the honour of being greeted by one of the most respectable and numerous audiences of the season, with whom, in returning thanks, and bidding adieu in a graceful speech, he hoped to meet on some future occasion. The dis- tinguished lecturer also paid an appropriate compliment to the Committee of the Newport Athenaeum, to whom, by the way, the public of Newport are greatly indebted for having thus afforded them a very delightful evening's entertainment.

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