Leonardo Vinci. Sonata in re maggiore per flauto e basso continuo
By Rien de Reede
The new edition of the most famous sonata for flute and basso continuo by Leonardo Vinci, curated by Rien De Reede with the collaboration of Siebe Henstra for the bass part.
Leonardo Vinci (Strongoli, 1690 - Naples, 27 May 1730) was an Italian composer, one of the greatest exponents of the Neapolitan opera school. He studied with Gaetano Greco at the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo, where he had entered on November 14, 1708. In 1729 he was appointed choirmaster at Paolo di Sangro, prince of Sansevero, and was able to give lessons to his nephew Raimondo. . In this period he composed his first works, in Neapolitan, which obtained a good result: Lo cecato fauzo (represented in Naples at the Florentine theater) and Le ddoje lettere. The good start meant that Vinci became one of the most sought-after composers in the same theater, for which he wrote at least eight comedies also marking the affirmation, together with Leonardo Leo, of this kind of music in the Neapolitan scene. A notable success obtained it with the opera Li zite 'n galera written in 1722 and represented at the theater of San Bartolomeo. Subsequently he composed other works represented at the new theater (La mogliera loyal, his last comedy, and La festa di Bacco) and began to devote himself to the serious genre with Publius Cornelius Scipio.
He has been flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for over thirty years and professor of flute and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
He has played in various chamber ensembles such as the Viotta Ensemble of the Concertgebouw and the Amsterdam Quartet (flute and strings). He has been a member of the famous Netherlands Wind Ensemble for more than ten years. Some of the greatest Dutch composers (Rudolf Escher, Theo Loevendie and Tristan Keuris) wrote and dedicated to him new works for flute, and so also foreign composers of the name of Ysang Yun, Jean Françaix, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Per Nørgård. He recorded a large number of CDs and recorded the concerts of Vivaldi, Mozart and Jolivet for Dutch television.
For some years he has been teaching privately in his studio in Tuscany, and in Amsterdam. He is regularly invited for master classes in Germany, England, Portugal, and Italy and in recent years also in Australia, Japan and the United States. In recent years he has intensified his activity as director and instructor of music for wind instruments and has been called to take care of the wind instruments section of the European Youth Orchestra.
As a curator and reviewer of critical editions he works permanently with Amadeus (Switzerland), Broekmans & Van Poppel and Knuf (The Netherlands), and for the Italian publishing house Riverberi Sonori.