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Cantata à voce sola con flauto
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Cantata da camera
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Cantata spirituale con violini
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Cantata da camera
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Cantata con violini: Justice
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Lessons for Thursday of Holy Week
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Lessons for Wednesday of Holy Week
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Lessons for the Friday of Holy Week
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Cantata da camera à soprano solo
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Communio for soprano and organ
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Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Setting father Salve Regina
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Setting of the Salve Regina
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Hasse: Fille dolce mio bene
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31604

Particularly 'classical' feel to this virtuoso cantata. 2 recit and aria form

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con flauto
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Hasse: Lascia i fior
Forces: soprano & continuo

from BL MS Add 14214. Lovely throbbing affettuoso to start and an extraordinary chromatic 'B' section in the second aria.

Range d - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Lungi d'ogni amoroso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14214

An interestingly chromatic cantata with a wide range and virtuosic writing for the voice and continuo

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Orgoglioso fiumicello (soprano)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add. 14229

A very interesting cantata with obbligato keyboard accompaniment in first aria. Large range from c - b flat'' Text by Metastasio and from the number of copies extant this must have been a popular piece!

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata obligato
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Hasse: Quel vago seno
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Charming cantata, widely circulated with two recits and arias, both arias and second recit include flute.

Research: Kate Eckersley

Sources: Royal College of Music MSS 695 and Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella Cantate 157

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con flauto
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Leo: A te vengo o prato ameno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14213 v 154r - 157v

This time the poor shepherd is dying for love of cruel Aminta. No matter what he does, beauty of her hair and her breast(!) force him to fall in love. The opening aria, probably largo has some interesting figurations which in most situations would be ornaments (32nd notes). Aria - recit - aria form.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Amo la bella, ah nò
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 f73r - 76v

The lover is torn between his head and his heart with love for his 'beauty'. Who wins? Two recit and aria form with a stunning first Largo (see MIDI) and a fiery presto to finish.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leo's setting of this popular text. Whilst Clori sleeps her lover guards her rest and surrounds her with flowers (whilst binding himself in the pleasant chains of love). ARA format with two sensuous arias.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(7)

Range: d - a flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Ch'io non conosco Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Not knowing Love, not knowing of his sighs, how can Irene recognise his ardor? The lovers complaints (and his happiness) of and in love. ARA format with a larghetto, e cantabile and an aria non presto. The recitative is typically intricate and the harmonic world is complex.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(1)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Chiesta da numi a morte (L'Andromeda)
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM MS 22.g.9 (9)

From a copy in the Royal Music Collection thought to be the only one (Pastore), this is a wonderful piece with a flaw. It is missing the first two lines of text for the second recitative - odd! It works, however and the poetry balances without it. Something strange here so we have decided to make it available.

In 2 recit and aria form (arias con spirito e vivace and tempo giusto the second recit accompagnato) it describes the plight of Andromeda, her plaint to the Gods, the arrival of her erstwhile rescuer Perseus and his call to the Gods to have mercy. It is full of 'pre-classical' markers such as strong dominant pedals, greater chordal movement in accompanying parts, the use of chromatic melody, many dynamic markings and rapid changes from passages in tonic major and tonic minor.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Di contento di gioia e diletto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14212 f150 - 153

This is a particularly beautiful Christmas cantata for soprano with a 'si sona' obbligato part for either cembalo or strings.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale
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Leo: Di contento di gioia e diletto (arr)
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Leo's Christmas cantata realised for violins, soprano and continuo. Two arias separated by a recitative, last aria is a particularly beautiful Siciliano.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale con violini
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Leo: Dodeci Solfeggi à voce sola (part 1)
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the great tradition of vocal exercise, we present the first six of Leo's Dodeci Solfeggi. Viruosic, but extremely vocal writing. Great for developing flexibility.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2369

Range: c - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

Solfeggi
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Leo: Dopo lunga dimora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A stunning example of the genre showing Leo at the height of his powers in this field. RARA format with two complex and beautiful arias and the expected involved recitatives. The straying shepherd returns to the banks of the River Arno to find both love and infedelity in his beloved Amarillis.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(2)

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Dove son, dove m'aggiro?
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.g.9.6

A lovely work with some terrific chromatic melodic and bass lines mimicking the sighs of the disappointed lover - very experimental? This lover is totally confused and is suffering greatly from the vicissitudes of Amor.

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Il Figliuol Prodigo
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM 22.g.9(4)

With a text written in the first person from the point of view of the Prodigal Son, this is a splendid example of both piety and inventiveness. Using all the chromatic skill typical of the so called 'Neapolitan School' Leo weaves an emotional musical story around the text. The form is (instrumental) introduction, recit, aria, recit, aria with a great deal of variation.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

The Prodigal Son
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Leo: Il Giudizio
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM 22.g.9(5)

A call to repent and follow Christ in this superb example of the genre. Substantial (Instrumental introduction, recit, aria, recit, aria - both recits secco and accompagnato).

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini: Justice
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Leo: IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Sources: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The complete IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. See the individual descriptions for details.

Editor: James Sanderson

9 Lessons for Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Giovedì Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The Lessons for the Thursday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ prophetæ. Heth. Cogitavit Dominus disspare', 'Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt', and 'Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly extraordinary invention both in terms of melody and harmony. The range, both dramatic and vocal is extraordinary.

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Thursday of Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Mercordi Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for the Wednesday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'Incipit lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas', 'Vau. Et egressus est a Filia Sion', and 'Manum suam misit hostis (missing the Ioth. at the start of the verse)', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies. This first of the three Lezione uses much variation between violoncelli and bassi.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''

Range (alto): G - e flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Wednesday of Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Venerdì Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for Good Friday from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Heth. Misericordiæ Domini', 'Aleph, quomodo obscuratum', and 'Incipit oratio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Recordare Domine', the first and last for soprano, the central piece for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''(sometimes in one four note phrase)

Range (alto): a - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for the Friday of Holy Week
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Leo: Non potrei benche volessi
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add SM 14112 ff 111r - 114r

As the stream to the sea, so am I drawn to you. Thus runs the final aria and summarises this charming cantata (despite Clori's continued infedelity). Aria (Affettuoso) - recit - aria (Non presto) format.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera à soprano solo
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Leo: Oh' Dio qual duolo sia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"What sadness to be parted from the beloved" It is a beautiful example of a lontananza cantata with stunningly sinuous writing within the ARA format. The first aria has a 3-8 B section, the recit is involved and expressive and the final aria is a wealth of beautiful music.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Oimè, che veggio?
Forces: soprano & continuo

The pain of betrayal and the anguish it causes is the theme of the first part of this delightful cantata. The sobbing of the affettuoso aria is beautiful. The second half of the cantata, however, sees our young man in a fury! His long recit and final 'rage' aria (with its contrasting 3/2 middle section) are a piece of virtuosic writing of the first order.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Or ch'è dal sol difesa
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

In this delightful pastoral cantata, Angelica dallies in the fields and love is compared to all the flowers, but don't forget the thorns which also come with the most beautiful roses! The trials and tribulations of love in aria - recit - aria format.

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Or che barbara sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14210 ff 10r - 17r

In classic two recit and aria format with some wicked chromatic shifts in the recits, the lover bemoans the cruelty of Fate which has parted him from his beloved.

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Piansero Eurilla mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 2r - 9v

A gentle and loving story of a man abandoned in the woods (amongst flowers and verdant fields, of course) by his beloved Eurilla. Still he loves her - your blond hair, your white hands, your faithfulness(!). 2 recits (both quite large and complicated) and 2 arias (moderato and allegro with a slower(?) reflective middle section in triple time).

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Praebe Virgo benignas aures
Forces: soprano, obligato organ & continuo

An extraordinary work written for the unusual combination of soprano and obligato organ. Both parts are virtuosic, the vocal part being particularly challenging. In ARAR format it may have been meant to stand alone or as an introduction to another, larger, liturgical work.

Source: Münster Santini HS 2351

Range: e - c''

Editor: James Sanderson

Communio for soprano and organ
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Leo: Qual farfalla innamorata
Forces: 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'.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Leo: Quel usignuolo che in quella pianta
Forces: soprano & continuo

As the nightingale sings of the pains of love, Filli's lover swears his devotion to her and begs her to ignore all the lies and jealousies that plague young love. ARA format, the first a complex and virtuosic larghetto, e cantabile, the last marked non presto

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: S'io credessi il cor costante
Forces: soprano & continuo

'If' is, of course, the important word in this cantata. "If I belived in a faithful heart..." A discussion of the pain caused by loving too much. ARA format, both arias excellent and sinuous.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(3)

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Salve Regina in C minor
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A darker and more complex setting of the Marian antiphon than the well-known F major version. Some exquisite harmonic shifts, changes in instrumentation and beautiful, singable vocal writing. Divided into 5 sections (one in two parts) the text is painted with a vivid palette of instrumental and vocal colour.

Source: BL MS R.M.23.c.17.(3), once the property of Dr. Burney.

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting father Salve Regina
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Leo: Salve Regina in F major
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Royal Music Collection 23.c.17.(3)

A new edition of Leo's exquisite Salve Regina in F major.

In 6 sections - Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegretto, Recitativo, Largo it has excellent variation between sections, the fourth running directly into the recit using a descending figuration. This piece has the ability to really move the listener. It is one of the works which make one ask, "Why, to a large extent, was this composer forgotten for so long?"

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of the Salve Regina
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Leo: Sorge Lidia la notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 31618 - a manuscript conatining a number of orchestral cantatas by Leo in copies of varying quality.

The format is sinfonia - recit - aria - recit - aria and the general feel is that peculiar pre-classical sound with repeated bass notes and many pedals. A charming cantata in which the lover compare's the beloved's absence to the shadows of night. Very romantic!

Range: Bb - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio fermò l'incerto passo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 35v - 41v

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Range: d# - g#''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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