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Tin Pan OperaOperatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era$
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Larry Hamberlin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195338928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.001.0001

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Visions of Salome

Visions of Salome

(p.97) Chapter 4 Visions of Salome
Tin Pan Opera

Larry Hamberlin

Oxford University Press

Although much has been written about the “Salomania” that Richard Strauss's opera Salome inspired in the United States, little has been written about the novelty songs that contributed to that mania. Those songs, examined in this chapter, reveal that much of the uproar was not so much about the opera's supposed indecency as it was the association of that indecency with the “hootchy-kootchy” dancers at the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, 1893) and later at Coney Island and other places of lowbrow amusement.

Keywords:   opera, novelty songs, Richard Strauss, Salome, hootchy-kootchy, World's Columbian Exposition, Coney Island

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