New Monthly Belle Assemblée; A Magazine of Literature and Fashion, vol. 21, (London, July to December, 1844), p. 61.




The last of the series was a very charming concert, opening with Mendelssohn’s trio in D minor, by the composer, pianoforte; Herr Joseph Joachim, violin; and Mr. Hausman, violoncello; performed with great delicacy, and each of the four movements was encored. We first heard Dr. Mendelssohn in 1829, when he led the performance of his beautiful overture to the “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” worthy of the work which inspired it, like Locke’s music to Macbeth; and since then he has taken the highest place amongst living composers. But what a wondrous boy is this Herr Joseph Joachim — not more than seven years old, it is said, and he does not look more than ten — who plays the most difficult music, upon the most difficult of instruments, with a purity of tone and power of execution which only veteran professors can achieve after years of toil and study! “There is more than natural in this, if philosophy can find it out.” To assist those who have not seen him, we add, he is not what most people would think — an “interesting” boy; his manner is awkward and ungainly, and his countenance dull; but the forehead is remarkably full and overhangs his eyes (which are so heavy as to give a momentary impression of blindness) like a pent house; au reste, he is like any other boy, and looks as if he would enjoy a game at marbles or peg-top.