(Soprano) and Orchestra
WHEN Massenet's version of the story of Herod and Salome was to be produced in London, the Censor objected to its title, Herodias, and to the scene of the story being laid in Jerusatem. So the work was called Salome, the names of the characters were changed, the background of the story was shifted to Ethiopia (probably most of the Palestine scenery did just as well-nobody minds, in the opera house !) and everyone was happy.
The Ballet is that by which Herod diverts himself and tries to forget Salom6. There are in this Suite five pieces-Dances of Egyptians, Babylonians, Gauls and Phoenicians, and a Finale.
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