Please Select a Manuscript

from the Santini Collection, MS 2369     push button
from the Santini Collection, MS 2368     
from the Santini Collection, MS 2367     

Leonard Leo (1694–1744) was trained in the very early 1700s at one of the four Naples conservatories, finishing his apprenticeship around 1712. Though he quickly become famous as a composer of both opera and sacred music, he still maintained teaching positions in the conservatories. The instructional compositions that he wrote for his pupils (partimenti, solfeggi, and intavolature) are among the most beautiful in the Neapolitan tradition. Like many of his talented contempories, Leo employed suspensions, re-articulated suspensions, and appoggiaturas so freely that they emerged as characteristic features of the galant style. The continual presence of the bass part helped students of solfeggi to feel the effect of these melodic "graces."