July 9, birthday of Ottorino Respighi and Dean Goffin

Dean Goffin (1916-1984) is probably my favorite composer from New Zealand. That was a trick answer: I don’t of any others, though, I’ve been to Auckland and probably should have made and attempt to research some before my trip. Wikipedia lists him as being the first “prolific” Salvation Army band composer as opposed, I guess, to those lazy non-prolific ones. He wrote lots for the Salvation Army band, and also for non-Army orchestras.

Goffin: Rhapsody in Brass

I don’t think it’s necessary to say much about Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936), since he’s very well known.  We think of him for his “Rome” works (Pines, Fountains), but here’s a nice piece for piano

Notturno for piano (1904)


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5 Responses to July 9, birthday of Ottorino Respighi and Dean Goffin

  1. kvennarad says:

    Loved the Respighi.


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  3. richibi says:

    the musical ideas in the Respighi are so elementary, especially when you’re reading the music, Kurt, I think this must be his Opus 1, I like even less the works that came after – cheers, Richard

    psst: I can’t get through any Mahler either, a ragtag bunch of musical ideas with nothing to hold them together, after Beethoven, you can’t do that anymore, though I didn’t say anything on Mahler’s birthday, trying to be discreet, two duds in a week were more than I could deal with however, I guess – cheers again, Richard

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    • kurtnemes says:

      Ooh, snap! I do love that soprano solo in the 4th of the 3rd, and the Adagio from the 5th, though the latter was almost destroyed for me when Visconti played it at the end of Death in Venice, where thingy is dying of cholera and his hair dye is running down his sweating forehead as he ogles the Polish boy.


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