Ottorino Respighi
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Ottorino Respighi (July 9, 1879 - April 18, 1936)

Ottorino Respighi was an Italian orchestral composer of considerable abilities. He was a master of orchestration and tone color. Respighi was an Italian Impressionist, equal in stature to Debussy or Ravel. Some notable works follow:

 
The Roman Triptych (Symphonic Poems, each four movements)
Feste Romane
 
Roman Festivals. The zenith of Respighi's orchestral works. Among other things, this composition features full orchestra, six trumpet parts, an extended mandolin solo, three types of orchestral bells, pipe organ, and an orchestral imitation of a hurdy-gurdy. Some saltarelli and brief bitonality complete the package. Be sure to turn the volume of your audio equipment to maximum.
Fountains of Rome
 
The most impressionistic of Respighi's oeuvre.
Pines of Rome
 
Featuring a recording of a nightingale.
 
Other Symphonic Poems
Brazilian Impressions
 
Evocative of Brazilian tunes. A fascinating work.
Church Windows
 
Impressions of church windows.
 
Ballet
La Boutique Fantasque
 
The fantastic toyshop. Orchestrations of Rossini works.
 
Chamber Orchestra Suites in Baroque Tribute Style
Trittico Botticelliano
 
Impressions of three Botticelli paintings
Gli Uccelli
 
The Birds
Ancient Airs and Dances
  Suites I, II, and III
     

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