Kill that woman he says.The soldiers kill her.
LOOK OUT FOR
MINUTES FROM THE START
Nach mir wird Einer kommen
Ich will nicht bleiben
Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?
Jochanaan, ich bin verliebt
ochter der Unzucht
Salome, komm, trink Wein
Siehe, der ag ist nahe
Und wärs die Hälfe meines Königreichs
Still, sprich nicht zu mir!
Man soll ihr geben
Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht
Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst
From the rst clarinet ourish and the rst line — ‘How beautiful is the princess Salome
tonight’ — the scene rises on a sea of calm music interrupted only by the distant shouts of theJews. We get a sense of the starry night, of the boredom and small talk of guard duty. Look outespecially for John’s contributions
from below. He strikes his own style at once and sticks toit throughout the opera.Salome is intrigued. She wants to see John.
The pulse of the music quickens. She sings tothree beats in a bar. There is something desperate in the soldier’s refusal. John sings on withhis prophetic stuff regardless, to four beats in a bar. Riffs from the brass. Salome looks intothe deep dark cistern and the orchestra goes deep and dark too. John’s music is like plain
prose. Salome’s is ighty, poetic and chromatic. Each has their own set of mottos. Salome
wheedles — so does the woodwind — seductively. A harp lends a hand. Narraboth hasn’t achance. As John climbs into view the orchestra is struck full of wonder,
the horns beingparticularly amazed. Two minutes of miraculous music, ending with a succession of intervals we recognize from the tone poem
Also sprach Zarathustra.
John makes a heavy attack on Salome’s stepfather and on her mother.
Salome is more struck by his appearance than by the rude things he is saying about her mum. Look out especially fora thrilling high note as she says he looks as chaste as the moon. John is told who she is andthunderously rages against her.A huge cry of ecstasy and Salome is off into paroxysms of sexual desire for John (helpedalong by harp, horns and strings).
1. She compares his body to pure poetic images — lilies, snow, roses etc. Dreamy.2. John tells her to get back. Now she goes all kinky. She sees his body as leprous, loathsome, but even more desirable. Rough shouts of revulsion from the brass. Salome gets dreamy againin waltz time, especially about his lovely black hair.