Ottorino Respighi: Concerto gregoriano

  • for violin and orchestra
  • 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 0 - timp, hp, cel, str
  • Duration: 30’
  • Soloists:
    violin
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(A))
    bass clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(A))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in Bb (+tpt(A))
    2nd trumpet in Bb (+tpt(A))
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    timpani
    harp
    celesta
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi
  • Dedication: ad Arigo Serato
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

Work introduction

Concerto gregoriano is Ottorino Respighi’s third violin concerto, reflecting his new-found love of Gregorian chants. According to his wife, traces of this love can be found in almost all of his works written after 1920. The music is characterised by a fascinating originality with unique melody and harmony, as well as sensitively chosen timbres, such as when the celeste joins the solo violin. Although Concerto gregoriano is often performed, it has – unjustly – not succeeded in winning a place among the popular violin concertos.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Augusteo, Roma (IT)
Date:
05.02.1922
Conductor:
Bernardino Molinari
Main soloists:
Mario Corti, vln

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