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    The Pines of Rome

    Music - Ottorio Respighi wrote The Pines of Rome

    One may think that The Pines of Rome is somewhat the national tree of what was once dubbed as the “eternal city.” If you are an enthusiast of classical music, you would surely know what it is all about. Written by Ottorino Respighi who was born in Bologna, he studied violin at their state’s conservatory. He started to play professionally in Saint Petersburg where he eventually became a student under Rimskj Korsakov. In Berlin, he was able to meet Max Bruch where by 1913, he was seconded as teacher of composition at Saint Cecilia. After some time, he turned his attention to symphonic poems at the period that it was very popular. The likes of Berlioz, Lizst, Sibelius and Strauss are among the best known composers of its kind.

    Before Ottorio Respighi wrote The Pines of Rome, he finished Le Fontane Di Roma where it was inspired from the four fountains around the metropolis. The structures he chose were the one near Villa Giulia at dawn, the one in honor of Triton in the morning, the one located at Trevi in the afternoon and the one opposite Villa Medici at sunset. Those mentioned were all famous landmarks that are visited by tourists from all over the globe. It was initially performed in 1917 where it was not totally successful but a year later, when it was again presented under the direction of Arturo Toscanini, he rose from a virtual nobody to a budding celebrity.

    It was in 1924 that Ottorio Respighi began with jotting down The Pines of Rome

    It was in 1924 that Ottorio Respighi began with jotting down The Pines of Rome. As what the title reflects, it was no longer after the monuments made by human hands but by what Mother Nature has to offer. The first theme was dedicated to the stately trees in Villa Borghese as well as the children who loved to frolic under their shadows. There are actually a lot of its kind that can be spotted there but the finest of which are located around Piazza di Siena. The older part which is behind the Casino, is an Italian garden with only a few number sprouting.

    The second set of The Pines of Rome is no longer with a playful mood. Ottorio Respighi deviated from it and focused on the catacomb that were just next to the stately trees. It was the mausoleum of Saint Callisto which is an entire property of the Holy See. Decorated with long stretched alley of cypresses, it was picked as a symbol of bereavement. In March of 1944, there was a grenade that detonated in Via Rasella which is just meters away from Palazzo Barberini. A squad of German soldiers was marching by then bomb exploded ending up with 33 casualties. Even when it was created how many years ago, its eloquence is still very much renowned.