About Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936) was an Italian violinist, composer and musicologist, best known for his three orchestral tone poems Fountains of Rome (1916), Pines of Rome (1924), and Roman Festivals (1928). His musicological interest in 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century music led him to compose pieces based on the music of these periods. He also wrote several operas, the most famous being La fiamma.

“The Adoration of the Magi”

By |2019-11-19T14:05:55-06:00January 6th, 2018|Categories: Art, Audio/Video, Beauty, Christianity, Christmas, Music|

The Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli (1476) Editor’s Note: Ottorino Respighi composed his Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) in 1927. Each of the three movements of the work is based on a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli. The middle movement, "L'Adorazione dei Magi," depicts Botticelli’s famous nativity scene, which [...]

“Church Windows: St. Michael the Archangel”

By |2020-09-28T15:10:11-05:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Audio/Video, Catholicism, Music|

Ottorino Respighi wrote his suite, Church Windows: Four Impressions for Orchestra, in 1925-1926. They were based on three earlier piano pieces, which the composer had written after developing an enthusiasm for Gregorian Chant; he incorporated elements of chant into the works. In recasting them for orchestra, Respighi affixed religious titles to the movements: "The Flight [...]

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