Italian conductors of chamber orchestras noticed early on the neoclassical influence of Ottorino Respighi on Salvatore Di Vittorio’s early works, often pairing them together in their programs. Music critics also made the connection, with several articles praising Di Vittorio and described him as “following in the footsteps of Ottorino Respighi”.  In 2007, Di Vittorio founded the Chamber Orchestra of New York “Ottorino Respighi” to honor this bond. These developments caught the attention of certain Respighi scholars who communicated with Respighi’s great-nieces, Elsa Pizzoli Mazzacane and Gloria Pizzoli Mangini.

Subsequently, Gloria Pizzoli hosted Di Vittorio in her home in Rome in 2008 along with Elsa Pizzoli at which time they communicated with family archive curator/cataloger Potito Pedarra. They invited Di Vittorio to complete several of the Bolognese composer’s early orchestral works for publication. In the coming days, Di Vittorio would meet Potito Pedarra in Milan, and together they would visit Italian publisher Casa Ricordi to discuss the project.

Amongst the works commissioned included the first Violin Concerto (in A Major), which would be completed compositionally in the third movement, the Tre Liriche for mezzo-soprano and orchestra would be completed in orchestration, and the remainder of the works would be completed editorially (i.e., as critical editions). All of the works would be engraved and published in their first printed editions. Today, the works are published under Edizioni Panastudio (Palermo) and distributed by Casa Ricordi (Milan).

In an interview for RAI Italia at Carnegie Hall in March of 2019, Di Vittorio was asked why he felt he had received such a great honor from the family of one of Italy’s greatest orchestral composers. Di Vittorio responded “It was a tremendous honor for me as a composer to have earned their trust, and I had such great respect for them, as they nurtured and escorted me to Respighi archives and related cites around Italy. Though, while they had caught that I shared Respighi’s love and interest in composing orchestral program music with themes of antiquity, I learned later from Casa Ricordi that there were actually only a few living Italian neoclassical composers that would even have been considered at the time. Neoclassical composers are a rarity these days. I am forever grateful to Elsa, Gloria, and Potito for their dear friendship, vision and belief in the importance of my work as a composer.”
Di Vittorio continues to publish first printed editions of Respighi’s early orchestral works, and champions the works in performances with orchestras – especially with the Chamber Orchestra of New York for ongoing recordings on Naxos Records.

Visit: Works – Respighi Editions

On April 11th members of the Chamber Orchestra of New York performed at the James Bond Collection private event for the esteemed London brand Orlebar Brown, in partnership with EON productions – the producers of all of the 007 films. Salvatore Di Vittorio received permission from EON / EMI Music to create a replica of the original string version of We Have All the Time in the World from the film and soundtrack to “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Here’s an excerpt from the event:

Wish to hear this music with the full string orchestra? Come to our June 6th concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.

In late December of 2018, Salvatore Di Vittorio completed his fourth program symphony (and symphonic poem) titled Sinfonia N. 4 “Metamorfosi” (Symphony No. 4 “Metamorphoses”). The work was in progress for five years before its completion, during which time other shorter works were published. The symphony, in three movements, is based Ovid’s Metamorphoses and inspired by the paintings The Triumph of Bacchus by Ciro Ferri, Venus and Adonis by Titian, and Aeneas Fleeing from Troy by Federico Barocci. The work’s finale captures the flight of Aeneas who later founds Rome, and Di Vittorio plans to dedicate the composition to Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome.

During the 2018/2019 Season, Chamber Orchestra of New York will record the symphony as part of an album of Di Vittorio’s commissioned orchestral works for Naxos Records.

For a glimpse of the music, listen to the second movement Venus and Adonis: