Leonardo De Lorenzo

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Leonardo De Lorenzo

Leonardo De Lorenzo (born August 29, 1875 in Viggiano ( Potenza ), † July 29, 1962 in Santa Barbara ) was an Italian flautist , composer and university teacher who emigrated to the USA .


De Lorenzo began playing the flute at the age of eight. At the age of sixteen he was already considered a professional flautist and decided to emigrate to the USA. There he made a living as a flautist at a hotel in Kentucky and then returned to Italy, where he served in the military and played in a military band in Alessandria .

He then traveled first through Europe, then to South Africa , where in 1903 he got a job as a flautist in a symphony orchestra in Cape Town . In 1907 he returned to Italy to graduate from the Naples Conservatory . In 1909 De Lorenzo traveled again to the USA, where in 1910 he became principal flautist in the New York Philharmonic , directed by Gustav Mahler , and represented Georges Barrère in the New York Symphony Society under Walter Damrosch's direction .

This was followed by positions as first flutist with the Minneapolis Symphony (1914-19), the Los Angeles Symphony (1919-20), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1920-23) and the Rochester Philharmonic (1923-35). In Rochester he also worked as a professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music . In 1935 he retired from his offices and concentrated on composing and writing dedicated to the flute.


De Lorenzo composed over 300 solos, chamber music, études and studies for “his” instrument. In addition to numerous articles, his literary work includes the book My complete story of the flute , published in 1951 (with later addenda ) .

His most famous works include:

  • Appassionato , for flute, op.5
  • Saltarello , for flute, op.27
  • 9 major artist studies , for flute
  • Non plus ultra , 18 capriccios for flute, op.34
  • Pizzica-Pizzica , for flute, op.37
  • Idillio , for flute and piano, op.67
  • Sinfonietta (Divertimento Flautistico) , for 5 flutes, op.75
  • Trio Eccentrico , for flute, clarinet and bassoon, op.76

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