Respighi [née Olivieri-Sangiacomo], Elsa
- Antonio Trudu
(b Rome, March 24, 1894; d Rome, March 17, 1996). Italian singer and composer. She studied in Rome with Sgambati (piano), Remigio Renzi (harmony and counterpoint), and Ottorino Respighi (composition), whom she married in 1919. A singer with a fine technique and an interpreter of considerable taste, she undertook many concert tours, accompanied at the piano by Respighi, some of whose compositions she first performed. After an initial period as a composer of mainly songs with piano accompaniment, she abandoned composition almost entirely to devote herself to her husband's career, and, after his death, to preserving his memory by publishing books and organizing conferences, performances, recordings and new editions of the music. As well as completing unfinished compositions, she also made some transcriptions of his work. In 1969 she established a Fondo Respighi in Venice, to promote music education in Italy. Her own output also includes a number of orchestral and vocal-orchestral pieces; a ...