Biography of Leonardo de Lorenzo (1875-1962)

Born in Viggiano (Southern Italy)
Start of ernest flute studies with Giacomo Nigro
lots of compositions, pedagogical works and the book Complete Story of the Flute (about 500 pages) including very detailed biographies of important flutists.
Move to America, living from odd jobs, for example playing in a 4-man-band
Return to military services, playing in a military band in Alessandria (Piemont) in Italy, casually playing for the cities opera orchestra
Journeys to Egypt, Southern Africa, Britain and France
Flutist of a Kapstadt orchestra and friendship with Edward de Jong and with John Lemmoné
Change to the Böhm flute, but playe a wooden flute for all his live.
Belated flute diploma in Naples after studies with De Nardis
Arrives again in USA
First flutist of New York Symphony Orchestra (together with Barrère, playing also under Mahler.
For five years changing to the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Los Angeles Flute Club plays a musical to honor him and makes him their first Honorary Member.
Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra
Solo flutist of Los Angeles Philharmonic
Teacher of Eastman School Rochester and solo flutist of Rochester Philharmony
Retires and returns to California
Premiere of the Divertimento flautistico for five flutes at the Eastman School of Music on the occassiion of his leave taking
Completes his book My Complete Story of the Flute
Publication of the book
Gives all his notes to the University of Southern California
Honorary doctorate of the Washington International Academy of Rome and godfather for the newly formed flute club in Milan
The first addendum to the book is published
The Los Angeles Flute Club organises a concert with his compositions for his 80th birthday
The second addendum is published
Third addendum to the book
Dies in Santa Barbara

Sheet music for flute:

9 Grosse Künstlerstudien (Etüde)
Zimmermann, ZM 12430
Rating: difficult
Capriccio - for 4 Flutes op. 82, No. 3
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Rating: difficult
  1. Allegro vivo - Moderato - Adagio - Allegro moderato e scherzando
Only parts, no score.
Due Divertimenti brillanti op. 24, 29 (F-Dur, A-Dur)
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(flute, clarinet, bassoon)
Zimmermann, 11491
Rating: difficult
  1. Divertimento (Allegro brillante)
  2. Divertimento (Allegro con spirito)
Regrettably no score.
Sounds a bit like Italian opera. I liked it very much. It would be quite a lot of work to get it properly running for example for a concert.
I Seguaci di pan - (Die Jünger Pans) Capriccio fantastico Op. 32
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(4 flutes)
Zimmermann, ZM 32450
Rating: very difficult
  1. Allegro energico
  2. Andante mosso
Parts and score
First edition in 1930.
Il Non plus ultra del Flautista - 18 Capricci per Flauto op. 34 (Etüde)
edition on amazon
Zimmermann, ZM 10010
Rating: difficult
  1. Übungen
  2. Wie im Zeitmaß eines Perpetuum Mobile
  3. Trauergesang
  4. Chromatische Fantasie
  5. Übergänge in verschiedene Tonarten
  6. Andantino placido
  7. Burlesk
  8. Fantastisches Solo
  9. Der unverbesserliche Schelm
  10. Auf dem Lande
  11. Adagio patetico
  12. Grillenfängerei
  13. Eine verzwickte Geschichte
  14. Allegro di "Concerto drammatico"
  15. Abkürzungen
  16. Gegenbewegung und Präludium
  17. Futuristischer Traum
  18. Der schiefgeratene Capriccio
Il Pastorello Polacco op. 68 (g-moll)
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(flute, piano)
Rating: difficult
  1. Allegro alla Polacca - Andante cantabile - Allegro amabile - Andante cantabile - Coda - Piu presto
Improvviso op. 72 (B-Dur)
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Rating: mid-grade
  1. Lento a piacere
  2. Allegro moderato
  3. Lento a piacere
Pizzica-Pizzica - Saltarello op. 37/27
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(flute (clarinet), piano)
Zimmermann, ZM 34030
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Pizzica- Pizzica (Prestissimo)
  2. Saltarello (Presto)
Trio Eccentrico op. 76
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Rating: difficult
Very difficult for all parts. Unfortunately no score and very modern.

Literature von/über Leonardo de Lorenzo

Last edit 04.02.2014