Dance of the Seven Veils from "Salome"

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (arr. Kazuhiro Morita)

Subtitle: Dance of the Seven Veils

General Info

Year: 1907 / 2011
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo/Brain
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Oscar Wilde, author of Salome, described the scene simply as "Salome dances seven veils’ dance." Though the goal is seduction of her stepfather King Herod, Salome’s actions aren’t overtly erotic, at least initially. A manic introduction in the score is halted by the dancer, who begins again with a languid, deliberate act of attrition, as the orchestra presents heavily ornamented long tones, interspersed with waltzes and teasing melismas. Salome’s tempo gradually increases as she sheds her veils in a final frenzy, then collapses as though in exhaustion. After a moment’s pause, she rises again to throw herself at Herod’s feet in triumph.

An arrangement of Salome was commissioned by Tsuman Junior High School Wind Orchestra for use at the All Japan Band Competition. That version was two thirds of this work; the remaining third was too technical for use at that time.

- Program Note from publisher

Richard Strauss’ opera Salome is based on the story of Salome in the Bible. It premiered in Paris in May 1907 to great acclaim. The opera, however, did create some controversy with its erotic overtones. One critic called it “moral stench.” It was banished by the Archbishop of Vienna, and was not performed there until 1918.

The Dance of the Seven Veils is generally regarded as among the most erotic music ever written. Salome is the daughter of Herodias, daughter of King Herod. The lustful Herod wants Salome to dance, but Herodias forbids it. Herodias begs her not to dance but she ignores her mother and agrees. At the end of the dance, she throws herself at Herod’s feet. The dance is the prelude to the climax, when Herod promises to give Salome whatever she wishes. She asks for the head of John the Baptist; Herod at first offers her half his kingdom instead, but she persists, and Herod relents, executing John the Baptist.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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