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Respighi, Ottorino

Respighi, Ottorino
June 01, 2008, 02:50:03 PM
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Ottorino Respighi

(1879-1936)

Ottorino Respighi learned violin from his father, then studied early music, and went on to a promising career as a violinist before becoming a full-time composer. Best known for his Roman trilogy, he also experimented in early music styles and wrote about compositional principles for Italian students.

He enjoyed taking Renaissance and medieval musical forms and melodies and integrated them into the harmony and texture of works from the end of the previous century. As a student of history, he knew that keeping the past alive was a delicate process of speaking the old within the new without losing the power of that oldness. During his lifetime, he wrote 14 orchestral works, 9 operas, and numerous shorter pieces and ballets.

While his work is unquestionably nationalistic and Romantic in spirit, he avoided politicizing it as much as was possible during the turbulent 1930s. Born in Bologna, Italy in 1879, he died in Rome in 1936, sparing him the worst of the turmoil to come.

Suggested Recordings (MusicWeb)



Roman Trilogy:
Fountains of Rome
Pines of Rome
Roman Festivals
Charles Dutoit, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, 1983

Ottorino Respighi - Ancient Airs & Dances; Trittico Botticelliano (Jesús López-Cobos, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra)

Ottorino Respighi - Concerto gregoriano, for violin & orchestra, P. 135 / Violin Concerto in A minor ("Concerto all'antica"), P. 75
Andrea Cappelletti, violin
Matthias Bamert conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra


Ottorino Respighi - Church Windows (Jesús López-Cobos)

Ottorino Respighi - Sinfonia Dramatica
Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Audio CD (August 4, 2009)

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