Leonardo Leo

Miserere (1739) for Double Choir (SATB-SATB) and Continuo

  • Critical Edition based on the Autograph Manuscript
  • Editor: Lisa Colonnella
  • Publisher: Ut Orpheus
  • Code: HS 309
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The Miserere for two choirs and basso continuo by Leonardo Leo, dated 1739, was seen as one of the best examples of stylistic purity, equal to the greatest Palestrina model of the “old style”, and brought great renown to its composer. The first performances of the composition in Turin, where the composer stayed between 1739 and 1740 for the staging of two of his works at the Teatro Regio, were so well received that the news reached Naples, where it was performed continuously from 1740 to the early twentieth century, during the celebrations of Holy Week. Even Verdi, who had the opportunity to study the manuscript score in 1857, was in admiration of this composition, and Wagner, who heard it in 1880, made a profoundly flattering comment about it (“This is real music, all the rest is just a game. The composition stands as a mighty dome, solidly built, eminent and necessary; each modulation is extraordinary, because it is created according to the manner of the voices”).
The handwritten manuscript of the work, from which this edition is taken, is held in the Library of the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatory of Music in Naples, with the classification 15.8.57 (olim Rari 1.6.157).

Author: Leonardo Leo (1694-1744)

Editor: Lisa Colonnella

Publication Date: 4/13/2021

Pages: pp. 84

Size: 230x310 mm

Binding: Saddle stitching

ISMN: 979-0-2153-2717-7

Code: HS 309