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LEONARDO LEO  

(1694 - 1744)

A native of Apulia, Leonardo Leo studied in Naples, where he won early recognition from the Viceroy and appointment as an organist to the court chapel. For the last nine months of his life he held the position of maestro di cappella to the royal chapel, having previously served as a deputy in this position. He wrote a quantity of music, sacred and secular, and was an important figure in the musical life of Naples, both as a composer and as a teacher. His pupils included Piccinni.

Operas

Leo’s first opera was staged in 1714 and followed by a series of such works, the last written in the year of his death. He contributed to the repertoire of Neapolitan commedia per musica and in 1717 introduced the chorus into Neapolitan opera.

Church Music

Leo was a prolific composer of church music; his output includes many settings of the Ordinary and the Proper of the Mass, psalms, hymns, canticles, cantatas, motets and oratorios.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALLELUJA NATIVITAS - Canti di Natale (Christmas Songs) Tactus
TC900002
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Gruppo Vocale Cantemus - LEO, L. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / JOMMELLI, N. (Musica Sacra nella Napoli del '700) Tactus
TC690002
Choral - Sacred, Vocal
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / VIADANA, L. / VIADANA, L. / VICTORIA, T. / BYRD, W. (Beyond Chant Mysteries of the Renaissance) Delos
DE3165
Choral - Sacred
ITALIAN CONCERTOS (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C5132
Concertos
LEO, L.: Alidoro (L') [Opera] (Florio) Dynamic
CDS588
Opera
LEO, L.: Ambizione delusa (L') [Opera] (Cicino, Guida, Diodati, Martino, Gagliardi, Carnevale, Antenucci, Orchestra Ico della Magna Grecia, Greco) Dynamic
CDS7677
Opera
LEO, L.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1-6 (Suzuki, Van Wassenaer Orchestra, Akatsu) BIS
BIS-CD-1057
Concertos
LEO, L.: Musica per Stanza (La) (Prontera) Tactus
TC693702
Instrumental, Concertos
Opera Overtures (18th Century) - VIVALDI, A. / SAMMARTINI, G. / LEO, L. / VINCI, L. / TRAETTA, T. (Italian Operatic Overtures, Vol. 1) Dynamic
CDS7761
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - PICCINNI, N. / JOMMELLI, N. / FIORENZA, N. / PRATI, A. (Cristiano, Rogliano, I Solisti Partenopei, Caiazza) Tactus
TC711201
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Italian Concertos) - VIVALDI, A. / DURANTE, F. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / SCARLATTI, D. / LEO, L. (Erhardt) Capriccio
C71018
Concertos
Vocal Ensemble Music - JERUSALEM Y STELLA. I. / LEO, L. / LOGROSCINO, N.B. (Albalonga, Cetrangolo) Tactus
TC701001
Vocal Ensemble
WIE SCHON LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN (Clemencic Consort, Clemencic) Oehms Classics
OC829
Vocal




 
 
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