b San Vito degli Schiavoni, 5 Aug 1694; d Naples, 31 Oct 1744
Leonardo Leo was one of the leading Neapolitan composers of his day, particularly in the genres of theatre and church music.
He was also a prominent teacher and held positions at the Conservatorio S Maria della Pietà del Turchini (vicemaestro), the Conservatorio S Onofrio (where he succeeded Feo as primo maestro) finally succeeding his old teacher Nicola Fago at the Conservatorio S Maria della Pietà del Turchini.
This site is dedicated to his music and teaching and to the preparation and publication of new editions of his music through Cantata Editions.
Join the discussion, browse through our music selection, or simply read more about the composer of works like the 8 part Miserere (described by Wagner as "...A mighty cathedral, sublime and magnificent..."), cantate da camera, cantate con violini, motets, madrigals and some of the most beautiful cantate spirituale ever written.
STOP PRESS!! The edition count at the Leonardo Leo Website has just reached 60 with the addition of James Sanderson's edition of Leonardo Leo's Qual farfalla innamorata for soprano, strings & continuo:
From Leo's extraordinary opera Zenobia in Palmira this is Decio's Act II, scene vii aria: 'Like a butterfly crazed with love, the hope I harbour within my heart flutters forever around the flame'. And we all know what happens when butterflies get burnt!! Love with danger here. Also on the Cecelia Bartoli recording 'Sacrificium'.
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