Respighi - ANCIENT AIRS & DANCES (Suite No. 2)

III. Air - Campanae Parisienses

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The three suites of Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances are arrangements of Renaissance and early Baroque keyboard and lute pieces, arrayed with the sonorities of the modern symphony orchestra.

With only a nod to archaic color in the addition of a harpsichord, Respighi runs riot with his palette of post-Romantic timbres. A liking for these pieces depends on one’s historical perspective; since this kind of lavish scoring of early music was common in Respighi’s day.

This arrangement is of the beautiful thrid movement on Suite No. 2, "Campanae Parisienses". A hymn-like melody, this works particularly well for the warm blend of a Brass Band.

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Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
5 minutes
Brass band
Classical music

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