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Respighi's allegorical scheme in The Pines was Life, Death, Resurrection
and End of the World.
Respighi produced his musical structure from this allegorical sequence,
resulting in the four sections of his suite for orchestra:
- Section 1: Allegretto vivace
Pines at the Villa Borghese; children are heard playing amongst the
groves of trees (Life)
[listen -- track 1, 2:32 to track 2, 1:05].
- 2 Lento
Pines near a Catacomb; the music conveys the vastness of time and the centuries
of silence in these miles of underground tombs (Death)
[listen -- track 2, 6:31 to track 3, 0:54].
- 3 Lento
Pines of the Janiculum; Moonlight through the trees on this hillside park
replicate the biblical scene when, 'early in the morning', Christ was
seen newly-risen from the dead (Resurrection)
[listen -- track 3, 6:10-7:33].
- 4 Alla marcia
Pines of the Appian Way; the terrifying climax of this music is not God's
Judgement Day but mankind's self-annihilation. This is a prophetic allegory
(End of the World).
Copyright © 23 October 2005
George Balcombe, London UK