Ottorino Respighi

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Ottorino Respighi (; July 9, 1879, Bologna - April 18, 1936) was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral ''Roman trilogy'': ''Fontane di Roma'' - "Fountains of Rome"; ''Pini di Roma'' - "Pines of Rome"; and ''Feste Romane'' - "Roman Festivals". His musicological interest in 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century music led him to also compose pieces based on the music of this period. Born in Bologna, he studied composition with Giuseppe Martucci and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Many sources indicate that he also studied briefly with Max Bruch, but in her biography of the composer, Respighi's wife asserts that this is not the case. Principally a violinist until... Continue Bio >>

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