sub specie aeternitatis

Respighi Notturno

September 2, 2008

In all my years of music and even my two semesters of music history in undergraduate, the only mention I ever heard of Mr. Respighi was when a student asked if she could do her term paper on him and the teacher said doing a paper on him was not recommended because most of the information regarding him was all in Italian.  In fact the first time I ever heard of Mr.Respighi was in Fantasia 2000.  His piece entitled The Pines of Rome was the music for the scene with all the flying whales.  Since I worked at the music library the first time I saw it I tried looking up other pieces by him and in fact found that he had composed a number of pieces regarding Rome.  I hadn’t listened to anything by him in quite a while when I stumbled upon this piece.  Like I said before I don’t really know much about Mr. Respighi, but nonetheless I really like this piece.  Especially the ending.  Simply beautiful.