Gaceta Musical de Madrid. N.42, 19 October 1856 (page 308)

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FOREIGN CHRONICLE.

    BRUSSELS 9 October.— Last Sunday took place the morning concert given by Mr. Makarroff and to which he had invited an audience chosen from among what the capital holds of artists and intelligent amateurs.

    The guitar is so forgotten and abandoned that it is almost spoken of as an imaginary object or as a childhood memory.

    So it was that the most intrepid came to Mr. Makaroff’s gracious invitation with some kind of apprehension.

    If one had not seen the instrument that Mr. Makaroff used and had not known that it was a guitar, one would not have guessed. At the first notes, the admiration has been expressed in the faces; but this admiration has immediately given way to the pleasure of hearing such sweet sounds as delicate and as pure as those that Mr. de Makaroff pulls from his instrument. This great, this first quality, combined with thetours de force, to the impossibilities judged at least like that other times, that Mr. de Makaroff has solved and of which he mocks with the most modest air of the world, all this proves on the part of this skillful amateur as much perseverance as musical instinct.

    Mr de Makaroff not only shines by a wonderful performance but also by his compositions, fruits of his excellent studies. His Mazurka is admirable, melodious and truly sparkling and his Carnival can rival in originality what has been best composed in this genre.


CRONICA ESTRANGERA.

    BRUSELAS 9 de octubre.— El domingo último tuvo lugar el concierto matinal dado por Mr. Makarroff y al cual habia convidado un público escojido de entre lo que la capital contiene de artistas y de aficionados inteligentes.

    La guitarra se halla de tal manera olvidada y abandonada que casi se habla de ella como de un objeto imaginario o como de un recuerdo de infancia.

    Asi fué que los mas intrépidos acudieron á la gracioso invitacion de Mr. Makaroff con cierta especie de aprension.

    Si no se hubiese visto el instrumento de que se servia Mr. de Makaroff y no se hubiera sabido que era una guitarra, no se hubiese adivinado. A las primeras notas, la admiracion se ha visto pintada en los semblantes; pero esta admiracion ha cedido immediatamente su lugar al placer de oir sonidos tan dulces tan delicados y tan puros como los que Mr. de Makaroff saca de su instrumento. Esta grande, esta primera cualidad, reunida á los tours de force, á las imposibilidades juzgadas por lo menos asi otras veces, que Mr. de Makaroff ha resuelto y de las cuales se burla con el aire mas modesto del mundo, todo esto prueba por parte de este hábil aficionado tanta perseverancia como instinto musical.

    Mr de Makaroff no brilla solamente por una egecucion maravillosa sino tambien por sus composiciones, frutos de sus escelentes estudios. Su Mazurka es admirable, de melodia y de verdadera chispa y su Carnaval puede rivalizar en originalidad con lo que mejor que se ha compuesto en este género.

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