Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) is chiefly known for his Ancient Airs and Dances and two suites of tone poems, The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome. Less well known are his operas, of which he wrote nearly a dozen, and other works for the stage, including the ballet La boutique fantasque. He took lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov in Russia, attended Max Bruch’s composition class in Berlin and was himself appointed professor of composition at Rome’s Accademia di S Cecilia in 1913. It is in the area of orchestration that Respighi is generally thought to have displayed his strongest suit.

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