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Ottorino Respighi


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Ottorino Respighi (July 9, 1879 - April 18, 1936) was born in Bologna, Italy. He was taught piano and violin by his father, who was a local piano teacher. He continued studying violin and viola with Federico Sarti at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna, composition with Giuseppe Martucci, and historical studies with Luigi Torchi, a scholar of early music. In 1900, Respighi went to Russia to be principal violist in the orchestra of the Russian Imperial Theatre in St Petersburg during its season of Italian opera; while there he studied composition for five months with Rimsky-Korsakov. He also had composition lessons with Max Bruch in 1902 in Berlin. Until 1908 his principal activity was as first violin in the Mugellini Quintet, before turning his attention entirely to composition.

Respighi moved to Rome in 1913 and lived there for the rest of his life, after being appointed a teacher of composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. He married a former pupil, singer Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo, in 1919. From 1923 to 1926 he was director of the Conservatorio. In 1925 he collaborated with Sebastiano Arturo Luciani on an elementary textbook entitled Orpheus.

Respighi maintained an uneasy relationship with Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party during his later years.


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  • OG-Gurda

    Sick composer .

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    It always cracks me up to see these "music hall of fame" nonsense on various Classical composers' pages. Lol, congratulations?? Btw, the conclusion to "The Pines of the Appian Way" gives me goosebumps.

    21 Feb 2014 Reply


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  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Ottorino Respighi into the Class of 1977. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • RomaZombie

    That man who written a black metal tag here is really dumm.. there must be a SYMPHO black meta tag l!!! >_<

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    This is more Black Metal then Children Of Bodom and other posers.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • discordia23

    seriously guise gb2/corpsepaint please

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pragmatastique

    black... metal?

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mitchellrobson

    Stunning composer! my favourite!!!

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • andrewhill1

    A stunning piece, what a crescendo.... When you think of what took place on the Appian way in Roman times..... The recording I have is Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelpia orchestra.

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KraeheK

    The early tone poem [i]Ballata delle Gnomidi[/i] is excellent. Maybe even one of his better pieces.

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nilzzzberghman

    Wow, so much Black Metalness on this page. Which is a fine thing, of course.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • brockpetrie

    The crescendo to the climax of the Pines Appian movement brings me close to tears every single time I listen to it. I'm aware that this makes me a total bitch, but I'll own up to it out of pure humility and respect for Otto. Fucking crazy, I tell you... Music to conquer the world by. Give me shivers, baby- I live for this shit.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MarcusAurelio

    I too think people bringing metal discussions of any sort onto this page should piss off. In other news, the Pines is absolutely magnificent! Need to hear more of this man...

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • llyonz

    Black Metal is gay only when it's not done right.

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • not-applicable

    I tagged him ... would be so sick if he gets automatically featured in some black metal group / channel / radio ...

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • VlCTORlOUSmarch

    bravo, bravo.

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • CreamCat

    Gli Uccelli is, thank God, not black metal

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Conservationist

    "Ancient Airs and Dances" may be even more black metal

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
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