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Queens of song (Paperback)

By: Ellen Creathorne Clayton (Author)

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. CATHERINE STEPHENS. The transition from the triumph of the commanding genius of a Pasta to the sweet and artless Catherine Stephens, is like the sensation one would feel on emerging from a classic temple or a gorgeous saloon into a scene of simple nature, clothed with the fresh beauty of the spring. The year before Angelica Catalani made her debut at the Fenice, there was born in London, on the 18th September, 1794, a child who was afterwards to earn for herself the fame of a prima donna; this was Catherine Stephens, the daughter of a carver and gilder, in Park Street, Grosvenor Square. At her earliest age she afforded evidences that she would be a fine singer some day: she lisped in song. Her elder sister (afterwards Mrs. J. Smith) had also a love of music, and the two girls trilled like larks. At length their father felt it his duty to have them properly taught. While Catherine was trying to master the elements of musical science, her sister made her debut at Liver- Vol. n. 27 pool; from whence she came to Drury Lane, appearing there in the character of Miss Hoyden in the Trip to Scarborough, and Lucy in the Virgin Unmasked. Catherine was then, in 1807, placed under the tuition of Gesualdo Lanza, a well-known musical professor. From him she learned quickly to sing at sight with perfect correctness, and went steadily not only through all the gradations of solfeggi, but through a severe course of vocal exercises, with the view of acquiring facility of execution; she also studied a multitude of pieces of music selected by Signor Lanza from the best English and Italian Operas and from Oratorios. While with Signor Lanza, she sang at Bath, Bristol, and many places along the south coast, and on the 3rd October, 1812, she sang at Ramsgate, at a concert give...

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