Ottorino Respighi ed. Malcolm Binney. See Vol. Huntingtower was composed at the request of the American Bandmasters' Association, and is dedication to Edwin Franko Goldman - the guru of American band music between the wars. It gives more than a passing glance at Respighi's sumptuously-scored orchestral works -- the 'Rome' triptych for instance - although the piece dates from the time of the Ancient Airs and Dances.
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His first job out of school was at the Russian Imperial Theatre in Saint Petersburg, where he played violin in their season of Italian opera. While there, he took composition lessons from legendary Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Upon his return to Bologna, he continued composition studies, which would soon become the focus of his career.
He became a figure of international renown, producing dozens of orchestral and vocal works as well as several operas. He was also a teacher, holding a position professor of composition at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome from until his death at age 56 in They commissioned the piece for a special concert in memory of John Philip Sousa , who had passed away on March 6 of that year.
His inspiration for the piece came from a visit to Huntingtower Castle in Scotland, which must have happened years before he began work on the composition. Sadly, that original edition has gone out of print although it undoubtedly still exists in several band libraries around the world.
A performance of Huntingtower on Youtube:. Huntingtower Castle on Undiscovered Scotland — lots of photos of the castle! Huntingtower Castle on Wikipedia. A research paper and conducting guide about three pieces, including Huntingtower starting on page Respighi biography on Wikipedia. Respighi biography and discography on Naxos. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Huntingtower may refer to: Huntingtower, a part of the village of Huntingtower and Ruthvenfield , near Perth, Scotland Huntingtower Castle , near the village of Huntingtower, Scotland Huntingtower novel , a novel by John Buchan Huntingtower film , a British film based on the novel Huntingtower School , Melbourne, Australia Huntingtower: Ballad for Band, a musical composition by Ottorino Respighi Disambiguation page providing links to topics that could be referred to by the same search term. Categories : Disambiguation page with short description Disambiguation pages. Hidden categories: All article disambiguation pages All disambiguation pages.
Huntingtower Ballad for Band by Ottorino Respighi