Ottorino Respighi (arr. Yoshihiro Kimura)
The title of this work translates as "Roman Festivals."
Movements (played without pause)
1. Circenses – 4:20
2. Giubileo – 6:50
3. L'Ottobrata – 7:35
4. La Befana – 5:30
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
A-flat Piccolo Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Piano (4 hands)
Percussion I-IX, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbal
- Raganella (Rattle)
- Sleigh Bell
- Snare Drum (2)
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tavolette (2)
Antiphonal Trumpet I-II-III
None discovered thus far.
Ottorino Respighi was one of the most well known Italian composers from the beginning of the twentieth century. His style is influenced by the French impressionists, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss, but with his very own touch. Respighi’s fame is mostly based on his instrumental works, especially the orchestral triptych of symphonic poems, which included Feste Romane. This skilful adaptation for concert band retains all the excitement of the original.
- Program Note from publisher
Roman Festivals (Italian: Feste Romane) is a symphonic poem written in 1928 by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. It is the third orchestral work in his "Roman trilogy", preceded by Fountains of Rome (1916) and Pines of Rome (1924). Each of the four movements depict a scene of celebration from ancient or modern Rome. It is the longest and most demanding of the trilogy, and thus it is less-often programmed than its companion pieces. Its premiere was performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Arturo Toscanini in 1929.
The first movement, Circuses (Circenses), depicts the ancient contest in which gladiators battled to the death, with the sound of trumpet fanfares. Strings and woodwinds suggest the plainchant of the first Christian martyrs which are heard against the snarls of the beasts against which they are pitted. The movement ends with violent orchestral chords, complete with organ pedal, as the martyrs succumb.
Next, the Jubilee (Giubileo), portrays the every-fiftieth-year festival in the Papal tradition. Pilgrims approaching Rome catch a breath-taking view from Mt. Mario, as church bells ring in the background.
The third movement, Harvest of October (L’Ottobrata), represents the harvest and hunt in Rome. The French horn solo celebrates the harvest as bells portray love serenades. The final movement, Epiphany (La Befana), takes place in the Piazza Navona. Trumpets sound again and create a different clamour of Roman songs and dances, including a drunken reveler depicted by a solo tenor trombone.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (1879 — 1936) wrote three great tone poems based around ideas relating to Rome. The first two are The Fountains of Rome, written in 1917, and The Pines of Rome, which followed in 1924. Feste Romane (Festivals of Rome), the final and most ambitious work in that trilogy, was first performed by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Arturo Toscanini in 1929.
The first section, Circenses (Circuses), begins with the sound of trumpet fanfares depicting ancient Roman gladiators battling to the death. Strings and woodwinds then suggest the plainchant of the first Christian martyrs as they next entered the arena, heard among the snarls of ferocious beasts they will soon face. The movement ends with violent orchestral chords as the martyrs succumb.
The fourth and final section, La Befana (The Epiphany), is a musical depiction of the night before Epiphany in the Piazza Navone. A trumpet fanfare sounds above the frantic clamor of activity. The barrel-organ from a festival stand sounds and the street cries of the vendors can be heard simultaneously with the music accompanying various peasant dances, including a comic portrayal of a staggering drunk reveler by solo trombone.
- Program Note from Shujitsu Junior and Senior High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2015
- Audio CD: Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (Kazufumi Yamashita, conductor) - 2001
- Audio CD: Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 2022
None discovered thus far.
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- University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) - 8 September 2023
- Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 12 February 2022 (2022 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 21 November 2021
- Knightwind Ensemble (Milwaukee, Wisc.) (Erik N. Janners, conductor) – 7 April 2019
- Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor) – 20 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
- Warren Township High School (Gurnee, Ill.) Symphonic Band I (Christopher E. Jenkins, conductor) – 5 May 2018
- Taku Winds (Juneau, Ak.) (William Todd Hunt, conductor) – 29 October 2017
- Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor) – 23 February 2017
- Shujitsu Junior & Senior High School Wind Ensemble (Okayama, Japan) (Takumi Kobayashi, conductor) - 17 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
- Banda de Música Recreativa e Cultural de Bandeira (Brazil) (Miguel Rodríguez Barrio, conductor) - 2012
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Airs of the Court (arr. Longfield) (1931/2009)
- Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I (tr. Johnson)
- Ancient Airs and Dances (arr. Marlatt) (2008)
- Belkis, Regina di Saba (arr. Kimura) (1931/1995)
- Belkis, Regina di Saba (trans. Nefs) (1931/2016)
- Bergomasca from Ancient Airs
- Church Windows (arr. Schyns) (1926/2007)
- Feste Romane (arr. Van Grevenbroek) (1928/2013)
- Feste Romane (arr. Kimura) (1928/2006)
- Feste Romane (arr. Schaefer) (1928/1976)
- Fontane di Roma (arr. Van Grevenbroek) (1916/2013)
- The Fountains of Rome (arr. Junkin) (1916)
- The Fountains of Rome (tr. Odom) (1916)
- Huntingtower (1932)
- Huntingtower (orch. Cesarini) (1932/1987)
- Huntingtower (arr. Suzuki) (1932/2001)
- Huntingtower (ed. Binney) (1932/1991)
- I pini della via Appia (arr. Suijkerbuijk) (1924/1987)
- La Boutique Fantasque (as arranger; tr. Mahaffey) (2009)
- La Boutique Fantasque (as arranger) (1922)
- Pines of Rome (arr. Curnow) (1924/2012)
- Pines of Rome (arr. Kimura) (1924)
- Pines of Rome (trans. Duker) (1924/1966)
- Pines of the Appian Way (ed. Leidzen) (1924/1948)
- Pines of the Appian Way (arr. Story) (1924/2022)
- Pini di Roma (arr. Van Grevenbroek) (1924/)
- Pini di Roma (tr. Nefs) (1924/2012)
- Roman Festivals (arr. Patterson) (1928)
- Trittico Botticelliano (arr. Hanna) (1927/201?)
- Respighi, O; Kimura, Y. (2007). Feste Romane [score]. De Haske: Heerenveen, Neth.
- Roman Festivals (Respighi), Wikipedia Accessed 11 December 2015