Music Of Yesterday

Giulia Grisi

Giulia Grisi

Of Giulia Grisi a critic wrote in the London “Times”: “There are certain striking features in every one of her impersonations, to forget which is utterly impossible for those who are able to feel...

Maria Felicita Malibran

Maria Felicita Malibran

This great singer was born at Paris, March 24, 1808, where her father, Manuel Garcia, had arrived only two months before. When three years old she was taken to Italy, and at the age...

Mario - Marchese di Candia

Mario – Marchese di Candia

Theophile Gautier, on hearing for the first time the exquisite voice of Mario, listened in rapt attention. When the aria ceased, he seemed lost in wonder, and said, the soft tone of the last...

Henriette Sontag

Henriette Sontag

Few lives of celebrated singers have been more sensational than that of Henriette Sontag. Not one do we call to mind in which the fabric of reality has been interwoven with so much romance,...

Giuditta (Negri) Pasta

Giuditta Pasta

Giuditta Negri was born in 1798; according to some at Saronno, near Milan, to others at Como. Her first publicity as a vocalist of eminence was attained after her marriage to Signor Pasta, a...

Luigi Lablache

Luigi Lablache

A great heart in a great body, a great soul in a great voice, such was Luigi Lablache. He was born at Naples, December 6, 1794. His mother was Irish, and his father, Nicolas...

Angelica Catalani

Angelica Catalani

One of the first among the queens of song, Angelica Catalani presents a figure of striking interest. In her case marvelous vocal powers were allied with personal beauty. She was born along a tide...

Giovanni Battista Rubini

Giovanni Battista Rubini

Rubini divides the palm with Mario. In many respects it is difficult to decide how much of the palm should be given to either, or whether it should be equally divided. The weight of...

table of hexachords

Table of Hexachords

The hexachord system was a six note series of scales. As the Greeks repeated the four sounds of their scale from tetrachord to tetrachord, and as we do from octave to octave, so those...

resolution

Practical Harmony

Practical harmony is the science of uniting tones agreeable to method and rule. While melody is made up of notes in succession, harmony is composed of notes in combination. Its study demands a complete...