Impressions of Europe, 1873-1874; Music, Art and History

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 164 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV London.... Tavistock Inn.... Covent Garden Opera House.... "L'Etoile du Nord...". Meyerbeer.... South Kensington Museum.... Crystal Palace.... Concert, Mme. Patti, etc.... National Gallery.... John J. Angerstein.... Popular concert at St. James Hall.... Santley.... Temple Church.... Oliver Goldsmith.... Royal Academy.... Miss Thompson (Lady Butler).... Windsor Castle and paintings.... Dulwich Gallery.... Hampton Court and paintings.... Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth and Catherine Howard.... Spurgeon. July 18, Saturday; off New Haven at 9:00 A. M. after a smooth passage--lovely weather; waited until 11:00 o'clock for the tide to let us in; the harbor is one of the finest on the east coast of England. London at 2:50 P. M. To the Hotel Tavistock, an old inn whose patrons are mostly gentlemen from the country; bed and breakfast, "Seven and Six." London papers say the Chicago fire is not as serious as first reported. In the evening to the opera (Covent Garden) to hear Patti and Faure in "L'Etoile du Nord" (Meyerbeer); a magnificent performance. MEYERBEER When "L'Etoile du Nord" was brought out in Paris (1854) the composer had already given to the world three great works, "Robert" (1831), "Huguenots" (1836) and "The Prophet" (1849). "Robert" received such a welcome that it made the fortune of the Paris opera. "The Prophet" was a disappointment to the Parisians, who looked for lovely melodies and concerted numbers, after the manner of "Robert" and "The Huguenots," but heard instead much noisy declamation, though relieved by gorgeous scenic effects. "The Prophet" contained so much political and religious fanaticism, and so little of human interest by way of love themes, that the work created no enthusiasm with the Paris public. Fourteen years later, Meye...

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