Leopoldo Billings

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Leopoldo Billings (born July 23, 1932 in El Callao , Bolívar ) is a Venezuelan composer, conductor and music teacher.

Billings took lessons from his father, the organist Norman Billings, before attending the Escuela Superior de Música José Ángel Lamas , where he studied organ with Evencio Castellanos , trombone with Pascual Salvato and composition with Vicente Emilio Sojo . In 1959 he completed his training as a maestro compositor .

In 1971 he studied conducting with Victor Tevah and Enrique García Asencio . He later studied composition with Bernardo Bernaola in Santiago de Compostela . 1977-78 he took part in musicology courses with Miguel Quero .

Billings worked as an organist at Caracas Cathedral, Kapellmeister at the Church of St. Joseph's Congregation, and as a musician and board member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela . He has appeared as a conductor in various Latin American countries and has taught harmony, counterpoint and composition at the Escuela Superior de Música José Angel Lamas and the Escuela Juan Manuel Olivares since 1960 .


  • Ella for piano, 1953
  • Canción for three voices, 1956
  • Carillón for piano, 1956
  • Exótico amanecer, 1957
  • El sembrador, 1958
  • La flor, 1958
  • Instantáneas, 1958
  • Obertura concertante for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, timba and orchestra, 1959
  • Ave María for voice and organ, 1960
  • Kyrie eleison for three voices, 1960
  • Estudio para dos trombones de varas, 1962
  • Cuarteto para tres trombones de varas en tres movimientos, 1964
  • Cantata laudate sevum Domine for baritone, organ and orchestra, 1967
  • Cuarteto para cuerdas en un movimiento, 1988
  • Hay en la tarde, 1980
  • Momentum I for guitar, 1985
  • Fughetta for guitar, 1989

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