Ottorino Respighi biography
 

Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi Biography


Ottorino Respighi (born in Bologna on July 9, 1879, died in Rome on April 18, 1936) was an Italian composer and musicologist. He is perhaps best known for his three suites of Ancient Airs and Dances.

Respighi's father was a piano teacher, who taught the child violin and piano. Ottorino continued studying violin with Federico Sarti at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna, and composition with Giuseppe Martucci and the early music scholar Luigi Torchi. Later Respighi briefly studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov in Russia, and considered these lessons very important. He also had composition lessons with Max Bruch.

Respighi was also a musicologist, a devoted scholar of Italian music of the 16th-18th centuries. He published editions of the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi, and of Benedetto Marcello's Didone. Because of his devotion to these older sources (which worked its way to many of his compositions), many would start to consider him as a typical exponent of Neo-classicism (while Neo-Renaissance or Neo-Baroque would probably be more accurate to describe most of his compositions based on older work). In fact, different from the style of most neo-classicist compositions, Respighi kept more or less clear from the musical idiom of the classical period: he rather combined pre-classical musical forms (like dance suites) with a typical 19th century romantic idiom (e.g. the musical idiom associated with symphonic poems in the romantic period)

Some of his compositions:

Respighi's wife Elsa (nťe Olivieri-Sangiacomo) made ballets of the Ancient Airs and Dances Suites.

From 1923 to 1926 Respighi was director of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, and until 1935 taught composition there. In 1925 he collaborated with Luciani on an elementary textbook entitled Orpheus.



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Eight Songs for High Voice [collection] By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For voice and keyboard. Score. Text Language: Italian. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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Notturno (Piano Solo). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Piano Solo. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). 8 pages. G. Schirmer #ST39449. Published by G. Schirmer

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Liriche (Art Songs in Medium High Voice). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Vocal. Softcover. 120 pages. Ricordi #R139627. Published by Ricordi

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"Airs, Dances & Other Piano" "By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For solo piano. Dover Edition. Impressionistic, Classical Period and Italian. Collection. Standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 63 pages. Published by Dover Publicatio

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"Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma, Feste Romane" "(Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, Roman Festivals). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For orchestra (Score). Study Score. Impressionistic, Classical Period and Italian. Difficulty: difficult. Full score. Full score notation and introductory text. 297 pa

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Adagio con Variazioni By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For cello and piano. Published by International Music Company

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The Pines of Rome (Full Score & Parts). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Edited by Guy M. Duker. Score & Parts. Score and full set of parts.. Hal Leonard Concert Band Series. Grade 4.. Ricordi #RAP266. Published by Ricordi

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Lauda per la Nativita del Signore (Laud to the Nativity) (Vocal Score). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). SATB. Choral Large Works. 72 pages. Ricordi #R133002. Published by Ricordi

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"Gli uccelli, Trittico botticelliano" (Score). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Study Score. 134 pages. Ricordi #RPR1342. Published by Ricordi

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"Vetrate di chiesa, Belkis, regina di Saba" (Score). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Study Score. 198 pages. Ricordi #RPR1343. Published by Ricordi

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Il Tramonto (Set of String Parts). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). String. Ricordi #R117088. Published by Ricordi

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Il Tramonto (Vocal Score). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Vocal Large Works. 20 pages. Ricordi #R117089. Published by Ricordi

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Ciaccona - attributed [transcription] "By Tommaso Antonio Vitali (1663-1745). Arranged by Ottorino Respighi. For organ in score, strings, solo violin in set. Italian: Baroque. Set of parts. Duration 10 minutes. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus"

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Sonata in B minor By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For violin / piano. Score & part. Composed 1917. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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"Antiche Danze ed Arie, Suite 1 (Ancient Dances and Airs)" By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). For string orchestra. Transcriptions; Suites; Dances. StringMasters. Renaissance. Parts (Set C). Composed 1917/2007. Duration 8 minutes. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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"Airs of the Court (from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3)" By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Arranged by Robert Longfield. For concert band (Score & Parts). MusicWorks Grade 4. Grade 3.5. Score and parts. Published by Hal Leonard

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Ancient Aires and Dances By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Arranged by Jerry Brubaker. Concert Band. Concert Band; Masterworks; SmartMusic. Belwin Concert Band. Form: Transcription. 20th Century; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Grade 3. Conductor Score & Parts. 78 pages. Publis

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Sonata in B minor (Violin and Piano). By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Violin. String Solo. 50 pages. Ricordi #R117619. Published by Ricordi

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Ciaccona - attributed [transcription] "By Tommaso Antonio Vitali (1663-1745). Arranged by Ottorino Respighi. For organ in score, strings, solo violin in set. Italian: Baroque. Violin concertino (solo) part(s). Duration 10 minutes. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus"

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"Ancient Aires and Dances, Suite No. 1 (Balletto)" By Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Arranged by Jerry Brubaker. Orchestra. Full Orchestra; Masterworks; SmartMusic. Belwin Intermediate Full Orchestra. 20th Century; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Grade 2.5. Conductor Score & Parts. 58 pages. Published b

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