Date of Award

Fall 12-8-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Danilo Mezzadri

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Kimberly Woolly

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Galit Kaunitz

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Joseph Jones

Committee Member 5 School



The subject of this research project is the accomplished and multifaceted Italian-American flutist, pedagogue, writer, and composer, Leonardo De Lorenzo. Although a limited amount of information is available about De Lorenzo, the bulk of all substantial research on the musician is predominantly in Italian, thereby creating limited accessibility for those who are not fluent in the language. Despite his significant musical influences, De Lorenzo's legacy remains underappreciated outside of Italian-speaking circles, leaving a profound void in the knowledge of his unique musical style and artistic vision. This document aims to bridge that void by providing contextualized information about this remarkable figure to a wider audience.

While previous research has touched on various aspects of De Lorenzo's life and work, this project is specifically focused on his compositional output. Through carefully investigating his music, I highlight the mastery, virtuosity, elegance, and lyricism that distinguish De Lorenzo’s compositions from those of his contemporaries. I convey that De Lorenzo's works represent a lasting example of the Italian "Bel canto" style in late romantic flute literature, characterized by its emphasis on melody and vocal-like qualities, infused with traditional folk elements from his region.