Le Rouet d'Omphale

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Le Rouet d'Omphale (The Spinning Wheel of Omphale or Omphale's Spinning Wheel), Op. 31, is a symphonic poem for orchestra, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns in 1871. It is one of the most famous of the four symphonic poems in a mythological series by Saint-Saëns. The other three in the series are Danse macabre, Phaëton, and La jeunesse d'Hercule.

The middle section of Le Rouet d'Omphale was used as the theme music to the radio drama, The Shadow.[1]


Apollo condemns Hercules to serve Omphale while disguised as a woman; for 3 years he slaves (while wearing woman's dress) spinning wool for her on a spinning wheel.[2]


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2003). Radio Program Openings and Closings, 1931-1972. McFarland. p. 210. ISBN 078644925X. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Michael; Bourne, Joyce (1996). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. Retrieved 29 September 2014.

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