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Respighi, Ottorino

John C.G. Waterhouse

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199578108
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:
Respighi, Ottorino

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(b Bologna, July 9, 1879; d Rome, April 18, 1936). Italian composer. Despite the eclecticism and uneven quality of his output as a whole, the colourful inventiveness of his most successful works has won them an international popularity unmatched by any other Italian composer since Puccini.

The son of a piano teacher, Respighi began to learn the violin and the piano as a child, before becoming a student (1891–1901) at the Liceo Musicale, Bologna, where his violin (and viola) studies continued with Federico Sarti. He also studied composition there with Torchi who, being eminent especially as a pioneering musicologist, sowed the seeds of his lifelong interest in early music. The Liceo’s director at that time was Martucci, whose achievements both as an enricher of Bologna’s musical life and as the leading composer of non-operatic music in Italy at the turn of the century made a strong impact on the young Respighi: Martucci taught him composition in his last year as a regular student, and had a high opinion of his technical competence and promise....

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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