This week, we’re listening to Ottorino Respighi, an Italian composer from the 20th century. A pianist, violinist, and violist, he liked to compose in dance styles with romantic harmonies and textures. He was alive during the time of Mussolini, but his music was popular enough he was free to composed pretty much whatever he liked without political pressure – he was even popular in America. He died at the age of 56.
His music is mostly orchestral or opera, and he is most famous for his Roman Trilogy tone poems. This is one of them: Fountain of Rome. The four movements depict different times of day various fountains in Rome would be viewed. The first and second fountains, the Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn
and Triton Fountain, are seen in the morning.
The third, Trevi Fountain, is seen at noon during a celebration.
The final fountain, Villa Medici Fountain, is seen at sunset.