. . . eerie, un­for­giv­ing dark­ness

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - RALPH MASI Wash­ing­ton

Thanks for the fas­ci­nat­ing [“Ex­er­cis­ing into his­tory,” by Al­fred S. Reg­n­ery, Sept. 7] story! It calls to mind too a fa­vorite com­po­si­tion, Re­spighi’s Pines of Rome, and its clos­ing piece, cap­tur­ing the Ro­man Army’s re­turn to the Eter­nal City, along Via Ap­pia. The long ver­sion be­gins with the nightin­gale’s song, as the Army breaks camp in the eerie, un­for­giv­ing dark­ness, and the piece closes with the city’s trum­peters hail­ing the army’s re­turn, against the back­drop of the ris­ing sun. What’s in­cred­i­ble too is that he com­posed this 1924, though it plays like the score to a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture; thanks, again. It was also a fa­vorite of Lorin Maazel’s, with the Philadel­phia Orches­tra.

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