Leonardo Leo (1714-1774)

Leonardo Leo’s influential roles as a teacher, composer, organist, and maestro di cappella all centered around Naples. Having studied at the Pietà dei Turchini, he later returned there to teach, eventually succeeding his own mentor Nicola Fago as primo maestro in 1741. He held that position until his death. During these same years, he was primo maestro at the Sant’Onofrio Conservatory where he taught such notable composers as Nicolò Jommelli and Nicola Piccinni. His service in the Real Cappella di Napoli began in 1725 when he assumed the position of first organist following the death of Alessandro Scarlatti. Gradually, Leo rose through the ranks of this most prestigious musical organization and finally assumed the role of primo maestro just a few months before his death.


As with most of his contemporaries, Leo achieved fame primarily for his operas. These works not only received performances in major Italian locales but also in several foreign cities such as Dresden, London, Madrid, and Paris. Closely following opera was Leo’s reputation for sacred music composition. He composed more than seventy liturgical works, including at least eight Dixit Dominus settings, eight sacred dramas or oratorios, six Masses, five Miserere settings, two Magnificats, and a Te Deum.

Introito del Mercoledi delle Ceneri, 1744

Chorus SATB; continuo

Stile antico setting of the introit, gradual, and later part of the tract for Ash Wednesday, scored for SATB, with soloists, and continuo accompaniment. Approximately 7 minutes in length.

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I. Misereris omnium, Domine (2:00); II. Miserere mei Deus (1:10); III. Misit de caelo (1:10); IV. Adjuva nos, Deus (2:00)

  • Realized Score: $3.50

  • Set of Parts: $15.00

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Magnificat a Cinque Voci, 1740

Soli SSATB; Chorus SSATB; Strings, continuo

Magnificat setting in seven movements, scored for soloists, choir, and strings. Approximately 15 minutes in length.

I. Coro, Magnificat anima mea (3:30); II. Coro, Et Misericordia (1:30); III. Due, Fecit potentiam (2:45); IV. Coro, Esurientes implevit bonis (1:15); V. Coro, Misericordiae suae (1:45); VI. Coro, Sicut locutus est (1:30); VII. Coro, Gloria Patri (2:30)

  • Orchestral Score: $45.00

  • Vocal Score: $7.00

  • Set of Parts: $40.00

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Messa a Piu Voci, 1739

Soli SSATB; Chorus SSATB; Winds, strings, continuo

Neapolitan Mass setting (Kyrie and Gloria) in twelve movements, scored for SSATB soloists, SSATB Chorus, 2 oboes, 2 horns (dispensable), 2 trumpets, strings, and continuo. Approximately 32 minutes in length.

I. Coro, Kyrie eleison (4:30); II. Soli e Coro, Christe eleison (3:00); III. Coro, Kyrie eleison (1:00); IV. Coro, Gloria in excesis Deo (2:15); V. Soli e Coro, Et in terra pax (2:00); VI. Quartetto (SSAT), Laudamus Te (3:30); VII. Basso e Coro, Gratias agimus tibi (1:45); VIII. Due (SA), Donine Deus (3:30); IX. Coro, Qui tollis peccata mundi (2:45); X. Tenore, Qui tollis peccata mundi (2:15); XI. Basso: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (2:15); XII. Coro, Cum Sancto Spiritu (3:00)

  • Orchestral Score: $65.00

  • Vocal Score: $9.00

  • Set of Parts: $48.00

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Messa Completa a Quattro Voci Piena

Soli SA; Chorus SATB; continuo

“Complete” Neapolitan Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo) scored for SATB Chorus and continuo. One movement for SA duet. Approximately 20 minutes in length.

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I. Kyrie eleison (1:15); II. Christe eleison (1:30); III. Kyrie eleison (1:45); IV. Gloria in excelsis Deo (2:30); V. Qui tollis peccata mundi (3:00); VI. Amen (1:15); VII. Credo in unum Deum (2:15); VIII. Et incarnatus est (1:00); IX. Crucifixus (Due, Canto e Alto) (1:45); X. Et Resurrexit (3:30)

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  • Set of Parts: $15.00

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