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Margaret Fuller, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (ed. W. H. Channing), VI. Jamaica Plain. (search)
orn and roses, famine must be my lot forever and ever, surely. I remember how at a similar time of perplexity, when there were none to counsel, hardly one to sympathize, and when the conflicting wishes of so many whom I loved pressed the aching heart on every side, after months of groping and fruitless thought, the merest trifle precipitated the whole mass; all became clear as crystal, and I saw of what use the tedious preparation had been, by the deep content I felt in the result. Beethoven! Tasso! It is well to think of you! What sufferings from baseness, from coldness! How rare and momentary were the flashes of joy, of confidence and tenderness, in these noblest lives! Yet could not their genius be repressed. The Eternal Justice lives. O, Father, teach the spirit the meaning of sorrow, and light up the generous fires of love and hope and faith, without which I cannot live! What signifies it that Thou dost always give me to drink more deeply of the inner fountains?
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 1: birth, parentage, childhood (search)
t of memory in these later times, but I remember some of them with pleasure. It is worth noticing that, while the earliest efforts in music in Boston produced the Handel and Haydn Society, and led to the occasional performance of a symphony of Beethoven or of Mozart, the taste of New York inclined more to operatic music. The brief visit of Garcia and his troupe had brought the best works of Rossini before the public. These performances were followed, at long intervals, by seasons of English and his taste had been formed by hearing the best music in London, which then, as now, commanded all the great musical talent of Europe. He gave me lessons for many years, and I learned from him to appreciate the works of the great composers, Beethoven, Handel, and Mozart. When I grew old enough for the training of my voice, Mr. Boocock recommended to my father Signor Cardini, an aged Italian, who had been an intimate of the Garcia family, and was well acquainted with Garcia's admirable meth
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 4: home life: my father (search)
sometimes appeared to me as my jailer. My brother's return from Europe and subsequent marriage opened the door a little for me. It was through his intervention that Mr. Longfellow first visited us, to become a valued and lasting friend. Through him in turn we became acquainted with Professor Felton, Charles Sumner, and Dr. Howe. My brother was very fond of music, of which he had heard the best in Paris and in Germany. He often arranged musical parties at our house, at which trios of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert were given. His wit, social talent, and literary taste opened a new world to me, and enabled me to share some of the best results of his long residence in Europe. My father's jealous care of us was by no means the result of a disposition tending to social exclusiveness. It proceeded, on the contrary, from an over-anxiety as to the moral and religious influences to which his children might become subjected. His ideas of propriety were very strict. He was, moreov
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Index (search)
15; admired by Charles Sumner, 176. Bartol, Dr. C. A., first meeting of the Boston Radical Club held at his house, 281. Bates, Joshua, founder of the Boston Public Library, 93. Battle Hymn of the Republic, the, writing of, 273-275. Baxter, Sally. See Hampton, Mrs. Frank. Bean, Mrs., stewardess of Cunard steamer, 89; lines to, 90. Beecher, Miss, Catherine, her Cook Book, 215. Beecher, Henry Ward, his letter on Mary Booth's death, 242; advocates woman's suffrage, 378. Beethoven, symphonies of, in Boston, 14; appreciation of his work taught, 16; selections from, given at the Wards', 49. Belgioiosa, Princess, her origin and marriage, 422. Benzon, Mr., Schlesinger, his house a musical centre, 435. Berlin, Dr. Howe imprisoned at, 118. Black, William, the novelist, 412. Blackwell, Henry B., his efforts in the cause of woman suffrage, 380-382. Blackwell, Rev. Mrs. S. C. (Antoinette Brown), first woman minister in the United States, 166; preaches, 392.
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Zzz Missing head (search)
pleasant communion with me. Very glad I shall be if the pen-pictures of nature, and homely country firesides, which I have tried to make, are understood and appreciated by those who cannot discern them by natural vision. I shall count it a great privilege to see for them, or rather to let them see through my eyes. It is the mind after all that really sees, shapes, and colors all things. What visions of beauty and sublimity passed before the inward and spiritual sight of blind Milton and Beethoven I have an esteemed friend, Morrison Hendy, of Kentucky, who is deaf and blind; yet under these circumstances he has cultivated his mind to a high degree, and has written poems of great beauty, and vivid descriptions of scenes which have been witnessed only by the light within. I thank thee for thy letter, and beg of thee to assure the students that I am deeply interested in their welfare and progress, and that my prayer is that their inward and spiritual eyes may become so clear tha
wrote a scientific work, Graphical Solution of Hydraulic Problems, but his real words lie deep in the hearts of his workmen and friends. George T. Sampson has a pamphlet on Railroad Organization. John C. Rand compiled a book of short biographies of prominent men called One of a Thousand. Edward Baxter Perry, the blind pianist, has written a book for music lovers and teachers entitled Descriptive Analyses of Piano Works, aesthetic as opposed to structural analysis of the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Saint-Saens and others. Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces is another of his books. Miss Emily Hallowell has made musicians her debtors by transcribing many songs of the Southern negro as she heard them, and publishing them under the name of Calhoun Songs. Olive Dame Campbell has made a like important contribution to literature and music by writing out words and tunes of old ballads as they are sung in the Southern mountains by the descendants of the English, Scotch a
The Instrumental Concert at Monticello Hall on Monday night was a very fine one. The orchestra was composed of thirteen performers, and, for its size, we believe that it has not its superior in this country. Among the gems of the occasion were a chorus from Der Tanhæuser, the overture of Lestocq, the overture of Zampa, and a potpourri from the Enchantress, by Mr. Rosenberg, who was the conductor of the orchestra. A violin solo, by Mr. Kessnich, was a most artistic performance. The variations upon a well- known theme from Beethoven called forth rapturous applause. We learn that a series of concerts will be given shortly.
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