per mezzosoprano e orchestra
Composed: 1913/2013 [Respighi – Edited by Di Vittorio]
Published: 2013, Panastudio/Casa Ricordi (Universal Music)
Orchestra: 3,3,2,2;2,0,3,1;1perc;cel;hp;str; mezzo-soprano
Duration: 10 min.
1913, Orchestra Accademia di Santa Cecilia;
Bernardino Molinari, conductor
10 May 2010
Chamber Orchestra of New York; S. Di Vittorio, conductor
Merkin Concert Hall, New York
Performed prior to its publication
Recordings: To Be Announced
For other premieres of this work, visit: Performances
Commissioned by the Respighi Family and Archive – Respighi’s great nieces Elsa Pizzoli Mazzacane & Gloria Pizzoli Mangini, and archive curator/cataloger Potito Pedarra, for the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
Program Notes/Il Programma
The Tre Liriche (Three Art Songs) include Notte (Night), Nebbie (Fog) and Pioggia (Rain), which Respighi had originally set as separate works for mezzo and piano between 1906 and 1912. He then decided to orchestrate the three songs as a song cycle in 1913 for mezzo Chiarino Fino Savio, for the world premiere on February 6, 1914 with Orchestra dell’Augusteo (now Santa Cecilia Orchestra) in Rome under conductor Bernardino Molinari. Luciano Pavarotti had championed two of the three songs in the 1970s. Potito Pedarra himself, the cataloguer of Respighi’s works, then rediscovered the lost (incomplete) opus with all three songs in the 1990s, well after the publication of his Respighi works list. Pedarra then numbered the rediscovered opus as Tre Liriche, P. 99a.
As part of the Respighi family commission, Maestro Di Vittorio completed Respighi’s orchestration of the extant orchestral manuscript in anticipation of its 100th anniversary. The completed work was published in 2013, and is now available under Edizioni Panastudio / Casa Ricordi (Universal Music).