Jaren Hinckley

Composer / Clarinetist

I’m Listening to Everything by Respighi

April 30, 2015

I already did a post about Respighi’s “The Fountains of Rome” a few years ago after returning from a brief trip to Rome.  But now that I have re-visited Rome, I was able to ACTUALLY visit two of the fountains that I have never seen previously.  This is the one that inspired the first movement–it is located just a short walk from the front of the Galleria Borghese in the Villa Borghese park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6P0GgIyEJQ&feature=youtu.be

And here’s a link to a video of the fountain that inspired the 2nd movement–Triton Fountain on the Piazza Barberini.



As for the third movement, well, the Trevi Fountain is surrounded by scaffolding due to a restoration project.  But I took a short video of it anyway.  Probably NOT what inspired Respighi.



And here’s an awkward selfie of me with the fountain that inspired the fourth movement.  It’s not much to look at, but imagine it at dusk (which, as you can sort of tell in the photo, is just starting to occur), ignore the sounds of traffic and the calls of vendors from the nearby Spanish Steps…and it comes to life in the way Respighi intended.