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Ottorino Respighi (Composer)

Born: 9th July 1879, Bologna, Italy

Died: 18th April 1936, Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, violinist, and teacher who was one of the leading Italian composers of the early 20th century. His compositions include operas, ballets, orchestral suites, choral songs, and chamber music, including transcriptions of pieces from Italian composers of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, plus works of Bach and Rachmaninoff. Among his best known and most performed works are his three Roman tone poems, which brought him international fame: Fountains of Rome (1916), Pines of Rome (1924), and Roman Festivals (1928). All three demonstrate Respighi's use of rich orchestral colours.

Born and raised in Bologna, Respighi studied violin, viola, and composition at the Liceo Musicale di Bologna.

Further Reading: Respighi

 Recording of the Week, Vasily Petrenko conducts Stravinsky & Respighi

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform two contrasting ballets from Diaghilev's Ballets Russes - Stravinsky's unnerving Petrushka and Respighi's sparkling Boutique fantasque.

 Recording of the Week, John Wilson and Sinfonia of London perform Respighi's Roman Trilogy

For his third album with Sinfonia of London, John Wilson turns to Respighi's dazzling triptych of orchestral works depicting the city of Rome through the ages.

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