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RESPIGHI, Ottorino
b Bologna, 9 July 1879
d Rome, 18 April 1936, aged fifty-six

He studied at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. In 1900 he went to St Petersburg as first violinist in the opera orchestra and while there he took lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov. Up until 1908 his career was that of a violinist; but then he was appointed professor of composition and, in 1923, director, at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He resigned in 1926 in order to write, and died after a long illness.

1902 (23)

Piano Concerto

1905 (26)

Re Enzo, comic opera

Notturno, for orchestra

Burlesca

Suite in G major for string orchestra and organ

1907 (28)

Fantasy, for piano and orchestra

String Quartet in D major

String Quartet in D minor

1908 (29)

Concerto in the Old Style, for violin and orchestra

1909 (30)

Chaconne by Vitali, transcribed for violin, strings and organ

1910 (31)

Semirama, Lyric tragedy

1913 (34)

Carnival, overture

1914 (35)

Suite for strings and organ

1915 (36)

Sinfonia drammatica

1917 (38)

The Fountains of Rome, symphonic poem

Old Airs and Dances for Lute, transcribed for orchestra, Series I

Violin Sonata in B minor

1918 (39)

Il Tramonto, for mezzo-soprano and string quartet

1919 (40)

La boutique fantasque, ballet music arranged from pieces by Rossini

1920 (41)

Scherzo Veneziano, choreographic comedy

Dance of the Gnomes, for orchestra

1921 (42)

Adagio with Variations, for cello and orchestra

1922 (43)

The Sleeping Beauty, musical fable in three acts

Concerto Gregoriano, for violin and orchestra

1923 (44)

Belfagor, Lyric comedy

La Primavera, Lyric poem for soloists, chorus and orchestra

1924 (45)

Concerto in the Mixo-Lydian Mode, for orchestra

The Pines of Rome, symphonic poem

Old Airs and Dances for Lute, Series II

String Quartet, Doric

1927 (48)

The Sunken Bell, opera

Three Botticelli Pictures, for orchestra:

Spring (Primavera)

The Adoration of the Magi

The Birth of Venus

The Birds, suite for small orchestra based on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century bird-pieces for lute and for harpsichord:

Prelude

Dove

Hen

Nightingale

Cuckoo

Church Windows, four symphonic impressions for orchestra

Brazilian Impressions, for orchestra

1928 (49)

Toccata, for piano and orchestra

1929 (50)

The Festivals of Rome, orchestral suite

1930 (51)

Metamorphosen modal, theme and variations for orchestra

Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D major, transcribed for orchestra

1932 (53)

Belkis, Queen of Sheba, ballet

Mary of Egypt, mystery in one act and three episodes

Old Airs and Dances for Lute, Series III

1934 (55)

La Fiamma, melodrama in three acts

Concerto for oboe, horn, violin, double-bass, piano and string orchestra

Passacaglia in C minor (Bach), orchestral interpretation Performed posthumously:

1937 Lucrezia

See Respighi Society pages
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