Attention to Detail: The Classical Music Listening Guide

Opera Sparknotes: Salome, Part 1

September 6, 2021

On this episode, we break down the first half of Richard Strauss' groundbreaking and controversial Salome, an opera premiered in 1905. Based on a play by Oscar Wilde, Salome is one of the first works of musical modernism, paving the way for much of the music of the 20th century. Just like actual SparkNotes, we highlight all the key musical and narrative moments, to provide framework of understanding that helps when listening to the entire opera!

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