MUSICIANS IN THE NEWS

FROM THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS.

A TOUCH OF THE PAST.

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IZZY OWES HIS CONTINUITY OF VISION, AS WELL AS HIS ADDICTION TO APPLAUSE AND LAUGHTER, TO THE MUSICIANS WHO HAVE PRECEDED HIM THROUGHOUT HISTORY

MUSICAL MEN.–Generally speaking, musicians are the most intolerant of men to one another, the most captious, the best humoured when flattered, and the worst tempered at all other times. Music, like laudanum, appears to soothe the senses when used in moderation, but the continual employment of either flurries or excites the faculties, and often renders the best natured men in the world, petulant, irritable, and violent.- Madden.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2215545

The Sydney Gazette and… Tuesday 4 March 1834, page 2.

 

 

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ABSTRACTS , EXTRACTS AND DISTRACTED COMMENTS

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628458
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 18 April 1812, page 3

The amazing story of BLIND JACK who played violin and acted as a guide through the wilderness.


http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2178758
 

1814. And the pay hasn’t increased noticeably since then.

Ten Musicians, for performing Sacred Music in St. Philip’s Church, Sydney were funded from Government Stores. 9 pounds they were paid.

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2183221

Two fine ideas for gifts in 1824. A Melodious Firesecreen and the Grotesque Musicians.

SYDNEY GAZETTE 1824

 

“Music has furnished the idea of another toy of a similar character, called the
Grotesque Musicians: It consists of a collection of moving figures,representing musical amateurs, and admirably caricatures all their airs and gestures. “

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1090867

Hobart Town Gazette and… Friday 1 July 1825, page 2.

The appointment of Mr J. P. DEANE as organist of St Davids in Hobart – causes rancour and dispute in much the same way as the obataining of gigs in the Tweed Region does, on occasion, in 2008.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2446928

Colonial Times and Tasmanian… Friday 6 January 1826

A different opinion of Mr J P Deane from a different newspaper.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2189397

The Sydney Gazette and… Monday 19 November 1827, page 2.

” Indeed, the mighty changes we have wrought, forcibly remind us of a passage in an old author we have met with somewhere, and which, by way of episode, we will endeavour to recollect for the instruction of those who will make the application :-A certain minstrel once boasted of being able to make a marvellous impression upon the people, after the ancient fashion, by means of his lyre ; and, one day, when there was a quarrel out of doors, undressed as he was, saith the history, he jumps out into his balcony, his lyre in his hand, in his slippers, with his breeches hanging down to his ancles, a stocking upon his head, and an old tattered waistcoat upon his body. He touched his lyre with a very unusual sort of flourish, nor were his hopes frustrated. The odd equipage, the uncouth instrument, and the strangeness of the man and of the music, drew the ears and the eyes of the whole mob …. ”

READ ON FOR AN HISTORICAL PARALLEL TO IZZY’S JAMIESON’S EXPERIENCE.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2193521

The Sydney Gazette and… Thursday 1 October 1829, page 3.

A REJECTED ADDRESS to have been spoken at the Sydney Opera House when it was opened in 1829. However it were not opened then.

Says Izzy – but a part of a long tradition of entertainment in Australia of which Izzy  is but the latest incarnation.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2196145

SYDNEY GAZETTE 1830

Extraordinary.The young Ducornet, born without arms, and who paints so surprisingly well with his feet, has to encounter a more astonishing rival in the person of a young girl at Bourdeaux. She has neither arms nor feet, yet writes, draws, knits, loads a pistol-with her mouth. She is also a musician, and plays upon the piano with her nose. This young person is besides remarkable for her beauty.-Foreign Literary Gas.

And Izzy thinks HE can perform !

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2200330

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 30 April 1831, page 4

GENIUS

ALL hear and see much alike ; but there is an undefinable though wide difference between the ear of the musician, or the eye of the painter, compared with the hearing and seeing organs of ordinary men ; and it is something like that difference in which genius consists.

Genius

0 1 ann thomson (born without arms) 1880

ANN THOMSON

(A RELATIVE OF IZZY’S CHICK.)

BORN WITHOUT ARMS BUT NOT KNOWN TO HAVE PLAYED THE PIANO WITH HER NOSE.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2205624
The Sydney Gazette and… Tuesday 20 March 1832, page 2.

A COLONIAL CELEBRATION OF ST PATRICKS DAY AND SOME WILD MUSIC.

Lives there a man with soul so dead Who never to himself has said, “This is my own, my native land[?]”

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2210732

The Sydney Gazette and… Tuesday 12 February 1833, page 2.

” William Webb-I am a shoemaker by trade, and reside near Alloway Bank, the estate of Captain Piper, by whom I was occasionally employed as a musician; as a shoemaker I work for my own advantage ; I know the prisoner at the bar ; he is an assigned servant to Captain Piper”

READ ON :  a muso with a day gig.

 

 

 

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