eastern design); on their heads are black caps (Phrygian) with bands of precious fur.
Setting: The Acropolis dungeon, hewn from the rock. At the left a deep excavation, looking like a cave; to the right and nearer the center, a perspective of winding underground passages. On the forestage, slightly to the audience's left, is a great flat black stone, at the foot of which are scattered dry twigs, heather, leaves and handfuls of straw, forming Mâtho's pallet. Semidarkness.
Mâtho in chains, despondent, exhausted by torture, sits on the black stone, his head bowed; beside him is a coarse, gay mantle . . .13
[Dated] 26 November year 1864. St. Petersburg. Modeste Musorgsky.14
Scene 2: Chorus of priestesses. The priestesses console Salammbô and dress her in bridal robes . . .
[Dated] Peter. 8 February year 1866. M. Musorgsky.
Musorgsky found his first civil service job in the Chief Engineering Department of the Ministry of Communications, beginning work on December 1, 1863, with the rank of Collegiate Secretary.
A nervous irritation is beginning to work itself up in me rather persistently and forces me to give it my attention.--As I, to prevent any____________________
Flaubert is usually held responsible for the scenic details of Musorgsky Salmbô, but in comparing these with the novel one is forced to suspect that Musorgsky devised them on his own responsibility with some standard work of operatic décot at his elbow.