Composed: 1901/2010 [Respighi - Transcribed by Di Vittorio]
Published: 2010, Edizioni Panastudio, Palermo (Italia)
Orchestra: v1, v2, vla, vce, cb
Duration: 6 min.
22 May 2010 Chamber Orchestra of New York; S. Di Vittorio, conductor Church of St. Jean Baptiste, New York
Recordings: 2011, Respighi Discoveries, Naxos
Program Notes/Il Programma
Respighi’s Aria per archi dates to 1901, a one movement work.
The Aria was also included as one of the final movements of
Respighi’s Suite No. 2 for flute and strings (1906).
This beautiful Aria clearly shows Respighi’s affection for the music and composers of the Baroque, especially Vivaldi, Corelli and Frescobaldi. The work is a towering lyrical statement by the young Respighi, who was only at the threshold of what would become a prolific output of 180 works, over 36 transcriptions and several dozen unpublished and unfinished works.
Di Vittorio has recently transcribed the Aria for publication, making the work accessible for not only string orchestra but string quintet, so that it may be performed more regularly at music conservatories and schools worldwide.
Soundclip: Respighi (transcribed by Di Vittorio), Aria per archi
Chamber Orchestra of New York, S. Di Vittorio (conductor)
Naxos Records, 8.572332