Symphonic poem in four sections
Written in 1916
Includes organ, piano and celesta
I. La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba (The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn)
II. La fontana del Tritone al mattino (The Triton Fountain in the Morning)
III. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio (The Trevi Fountain in the Morning)
IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto (The Village Medici Fountain at Sunset)
Fontane di Roma is the first orchestral work in Respighi's Roman trilogy. It was also arranged for piano duet by the composer.
La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba shows this fountain at daybreak in a pastoral landscape that cattle pass through.
La fontana del Tritone al mattino depicts Naiads and Tritons dancing in the morning light.
La fontana di Trevi al meriggio begins with a triumph a civil ceremony in ancient Rome celebrating news of a recent victory by the god Neptune.
La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto portrays a more melancholic atmosphere as the sun fades in the sky.
INSTRUMENTATION: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (B-flat/A), bass clarinet (B-flat/A), 2 bassoons, 4 French horns in F, 3 trumpets (B-flat/A), 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, triangle, bell in D, glockenspiel, organ (ad lib.), piano, celesta, 2 harps, strings