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Respighi, Ottorino
Ottorino Respighi
March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937

While Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s pieces dwelt mainly within the Romantic era, his work was notable for incorporating musical elements from the earlier Medieval and Renaissance eras.

Respighi originally studied music in Bologna at the Liceo Musicale. He traveled to Russia where he played viola in St. Petersburg’s Imperial Orchestra. It was at this time that he met Russia master Rimsky-Korsakov, and was deeply influenced by his teachings. While his compositions of this time produced nothing notable, Respighi focused instead on performing violin.

Later he relocated to Germany, then settled in Rome, accepting a professorship there. It was his love of this city that provided the creativity for his greatest works, such as Fontane di Roma, and others.

His following compositions began incorporating themes from other eras. He also strived to translate imagery, inspired by his life in Rome, into music. It is this quality that marks his best pieces.

He continued composing and touring, writing operas (such as the popular La fiamma), orchestral works, ensembles, and piano pieces. He died in 1936.

Notable works:
Fontane di Roma
Pini di Roma
Feste romane

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