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Feste Romane (arr Schaefer)

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Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi (trans. William A. Schaefer)


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This work may be founder under its title in English, Roman Festivals. It bears the designation P. 106.


General Info

Year: 1928 / 1976
Duration: c. 17:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Ricordi
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Movements

1. Circenses – 1:25
2. Giubileo – 3:00
3. L'Ottobrata – 11:26
4. La Befana – 2:00


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Errata

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Program Notes

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 (see Christian Jubilee). 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


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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