Notes on Music
2:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Queen of Sheba

Ottorino Respighi
Ottorino Respighi

            A 1932 ballet by Ottorino Respighi entitled Queen of Sheba recounts the tale of her visit to King Solomon, and was quite a grand affair. 

In addition to the orchestra, an offstage band and chorus, a wind machine, narrator, tenor, and a sitar and other exotic instruments were added. 

The cast featured nearly a thousand performers.  There were, however, only eleven performances.  I wonder why?

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