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Name  Leonardo Leo
Role  Composer
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Died  October 31, 1744, Naples, Italy
Education  Music conservatories of Naples
Compositions  Concerto no 1 in A major: III Larghetto a mezza voce, Concerto no 1 in A major: III Larghetto a mezza voce, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: IV Allegro, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: IV Allegro, Concerto no 4 in A major: II Allegro, Concerto no 4 in A major: II Allegro, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: I Andantino grazioso, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: I Andantino grazioso, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: II Presto, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: II Presto, Concerto no 1 in A major: IV Allegro, Concerto no 1 in A major: IV Allegro, Concerto no 4 in A major: IV Allegro, Concerto no 4 in A major: IV Allegro, Caton en Utica, Caton en Utica, Concerto no 5 in F minor: III Segue il cantabile - Largo e gustoso, Concerto no 5 in F minor: III Segue il cantabile - Largo e gustoso, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: V Fuga, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: V Fuga, Concerto no 4 in A major: III Larghetto e gustoso, Concerto no 4 in A major: III Larghetto e gustoso, Ciro reconocido, Ciro reconocido, Concerto no 5 in F minor: IV Allegro, Concerto no 5 in F minor: IV Allegro, Concerto no 3 in D minor: III Amoroso - mezza voce, Concerto no 3 in D minor: III Amoroso - mezza voce, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: II Con bravura, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: II Con bravura, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: I Andante grazioso, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: I Andante grazioso, Concerto no 1 in A major: II Allegro, Concerto no 1 in A major: II Allegro, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: III Larghetto - con poco moto, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: III Larghetto - con poco moto, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: III Larghetto, Sinfonia concertata (Concerto no 6) in C minor: III Larghetto, Concerto no 5 in F minor: II Allegro, Concerto no 5 in F minor: II Allegro, Concerto no 1 in A major: I Andantino grazioso, Concerto no 1 in A major: I Andantino grazioso, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: IV Allegro di molto, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D major - L 10: IV Allegro di molto, Concerto no 3 in D minor: IV Allegro, Concerto no 3 in D minor: IV Allegro, Concerto no 3 in D minor: I Andante grazioso, Concerto no 3 in D minor: I Andante grazioso, Concerto no 5 in F minor: I Andante grazioso, Concerto no 5 in F minor: I Andante grazioso, Concerto no 3 in D minor: II [Con spirito], Concerto no 3 in D minor: II [Con spirito], Concerto no 4 in A major: I Andante piacevole, Concerto no 4 in A major: I Andante piacevole
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Leonardo Leo (5 August 1694 – 31 October 1744), more correctly Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de Leo, was a Neapolitan Baroque composer.

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Biography

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Leo was born in San Vito degli Schiavoni (current San Vito dei Normanni, province of Brindisi), then part of the Kingdom of Naples.

He became a student at the Conservatorio della Pieta dei Turchini at Naples in 1703, and was a pupil first of Francesco Provenzale and later of Nicola Fago. It has been supposed that he was a pupil of Pitoni and Alessandro Scarlatti, but he could not possibly have studied with either of these composers, although he was undoubtedly influenced by their compositions. His earliest known work was a sacred drama, L'infedelta abbattuta, performed by his fellow-students in 1712.

In 1714 he produced, at the court theatre, an opera, Pisistrato, which was much admired. He held various posts at the royal chapel, and continued to write for the stage, besides teaching at the conservatory. After adding comic scenes to Francesco Gasparini's Bajazette in 1722 for performance at Naples, he composed comic operas in Neapolitan such as La’mpeca scoperta in 1723, and L'Alidoro in 1740.

His most famous comic opera was Amor vuol sofferenze (1739), better known as La Finta Frascatana, highly praised by De Brosses. He was equally distinguished as a composer of serious opera, Demofoonte (1735), Farnace (1737) and L'Olimpiade (1737) being his most famous works in this branch, and is still better known as a composer of sacred music. He died of a stroke while engaged in the composition of new arias for a revival of La Finta Frascatana.

Leo was the first of the Neapolitan school to obtain a complete mastery over modern harmonic counterpoint. His sacred music is masterly and dignified, logical rather than passionate, and free from the sentimentality which is present in the work of Francesco Durante and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. His serious operas suffer from a coldness and severity of style, but in his comic operas he shows a keen sense of humour. His ensemble movements are spirited, but never worked up to a strong climax.

A fine and characteristic example of his sacred music is the Dixit Dominus in C, edited by CV Stanford and published by Novello. A number of songs from operas are accessible in modern editions.

Drammi per musica

  1. Sofonisba (Naples, Teatro San Bartolomeo, 1719)
  2. Cajo Gracco (Teatro San Bartolomeo, 1720)
  3. Bajazette (1722)
  4. Tamerlano (Rome, 1722)
  5. Timocrate (Venice, 1723)
  6. Zenobia in Palmira (Naples, Teatro San Bartolomeo, 1725)
  7. Astianatte (1725)
  8. La somiglianza (Naples, Teatro dei Fiorentini, 1726)
  9. L'Orismene, overo dagli sdegni gli amori (Naples, Teatro Nuovo, 1726)
  10. Ciro riconosciuto (1727)
  11. Argene (1728)
  12. La zingara (intermezzo, 1731)
  13. Intermezzi per l'Argene (1731)
  14. Catone (Venice, 1732)
  15. Amore da senno (Naples, Teatro Nuovo, 1733)
  16. Emira (with intermezzi by Ignazio Prota, 1735)
  17. La clemenza di Tito (1735)
  18. Onore vince amore (Naples, Teatro dei Fiorentini, 1736)
  19. La simpatia del sangue (1737)
  20. Siface (1737)
  21. Festa teatrale (1739)
  22. La contesa dell'Amore e della virtu (1740)
  23. Alessandro (1741)
  24. Demoofonte (1741)
  25. L'impresario delle Isole Canarie (1741)
  26. Andromaca (1742)
  27. Vologeso (1744)
  28. La finta Frascatana (1744)

Undated operas:

  1. Amor vuol sofferenza (opera seria)
  2. Artaserse
  3. Lucio Papirio
  4. Arianna e Teseo (cantata teatrale)
  5. L'Olimpiade
  6. Evergete
  7. Il matrimonio anascoso
  8. Alidoro
  9. Alessandro nell'Indie
  10. Il Medo
  11. Nitocri, regina di egitto
  12. Il Pisistrate
  13. Il trionfo di Camillo
  14. Le nozze di Psiche
  15. Achille in Sciro

Recordings

L'Alidoro (opera)

  • 2008 - Teatro Municipale R.Valli, Reggio Emilia - Antonio Florio (conductor), Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pieta de' Turchini - Arturo Cirillo (Stage director)
    Cast: Francesca Russo Ermolli, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Valentina Varriale, Maria Ercolano, Giuseppe De Vittorio World premiere video recording on DVD, Dynamic Cat.33588
  • 2002 Concerto for 4 Violins and Strings in D -Conductor: Reinhard Goebel, Orchestra: Cologne Musica Antiqua
  • Label: Archiv Masters (Disc Title: Italian Violin Concertos)

  • 2001 Concerto 4 violins and Strings in D - Performers: Elizabeth Wallfisch, Nicholas Kraemer
  • Orchestra: The Raglan Baroque Players Label: Hyperion (Disc Title: The Neapolitans - Pergolesi, Durante, Leo)

  • 2001: 6 Cello Concertos-Performer: Hidemi Suzuki, Makoto Akatsu Orchestra: Orchestra Van Wassenaer
  • Label: BIS (Disc Title: Leo-Six Cello Concertos)

  • 2000: Cosi del vostro suono (Il Tionfo della Gloria), cantata Sorge Lidia la notte, cantata with violins,
  • piu dell'usato, cantata for solo voice & strings- Conductor: Cosimo Prontera Performer: Cristina Miatello, Emanuele Bianchi Orchestra: La Confraternita de' Musici Label: Tactus (Disc Title: Leonardo Leo: Serenate e Cantate)

    For a more complete discography of Leo, see http://www.leonardoleo.com/discography.htm

    References

    Leonardo Leo Wikipedia


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