Salon Musical

Reliving the Glamour of Music, Drama & Poetry from a Golden age

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"The receptions at rue de Douai were simple, tea and brioche, but one could hear good music… These receptions on Sunday evening were very different (from those of Saint-Saëns and Lalo) the queen of the house was allowed to romp at will. Half of the large salon was transformed into a stage, the dining room into a cloakroom, and they played the most ridiculous charades."

From Saint-Saëns memoires
Background painting: Hush (1875, James Tissot)
A salon in Kensington