The folk songs of Ottorino Respighi: Interpretation and aspects for performance
Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
First Committee Member
Franklin Summers, Committee Chair
A study of the twelve folkloric song settings of Ottorino Respighi. The songs are collected in three sets: The Quattro Rispetti di Toscani (1915), Quattro Liriche su Parole di Armeni (1921) and the Quattro Arie di Scozzesi (1925). The three sets each contain four songs with texts based on folk poetry from the region mentioned in the title. The songs were each analyzed regarding formal structure, harmonic and melodic characteristics as well as text painting. Each set was analyzed as a unit for regional characteristics and folk elements in both text and music. The text of each song was studied for source, symbolism and that may aid in interpretation and performance. The essay was intended to promote and publicize interest in these songs and be used as a tool for study, and performance preparation.
Fontana, Mary Dawn, "The folk songs of Ottorino Respighi: Interpretation and aspects for performance" (2000). Dissertations from ProQuest. 3806.