Pines of Rome: Pines of the Appian Way

Respighi's rather wonderful depiction of a Roman legion marching along the Appian Way in the brilliance of the newly-risen sun. A glorious four-minute crescendo, Respighi wanted the ground to tremble as his imaginary army advance. In this arrangement, the band's cornets mimic the calls of the ancient Roman Buccina, and early form of trumpet.

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