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Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia

Inna Leoni's Flute Recital- Lecture

by CindyMcManus

On Sunday November 17, 2019, FSGP member and Altus artist Inna Leoni presented a lecture-recital about Russian Romantic flute music to an enthusiastic audience at St. Helena's Church in Wilmington, Delaware.  Ms. Leoni is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music with highest honors; she was a student of  Alexander Korneyev.  She has also studied with Loren Lind and Paula Robison and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. 

Inna introduced the audience to flute compositions that are not often performed in the U.S. but are staples of the Moscow Conservatory flute tradition and are frequently featured in national competitions and recitals in Russia and Eastern Europe. 


For her first four pieces, she chose Concerto Allegro No. 1 in A minor and Concert Etudes 8, 7, and 10 by Vladimir Tsybin.  Tsybin was a flute professor at the Moscow Conservatory during the first half of the twentieth century who studied composition with Alexander Glazunov.  Tsybin wrote romantic concert music to increase the available repertoire.  He used Mendelsohn's Scherzo from "Midsummer Night Dream" as the starting point for Concert Etude No. 7.  His Concert Etude No. 10 is an emotional and turbulent work. 

Inna next performed Sergei Vasilenko's 1954 suite "In Spring", originally for flute and orchestra but transcribed for flute and piano.  Its five movements - Prelude, Waltz caprice, Across the desert, In the forest, Spring streams - show the activity and change in reawakening nature after the Russian winter's heavy stillness. 


Georgy Sviridov was a twentieth century composer whose style contains influences of Russian Orthodox chant, Eastern European folk tunes, and Romantic music.  One of Sviridov's most popular works began as the score for a movie based on Aleksandr Pushkin's short story "The Blizzard" from which he later created a separate orchestral composition, Musical Illustrations after Pushkin.  Ms. Leoni performed the Waltz from that piece, creating a swirling yet delicate vision.

Inna concluded her performance with flute and piano transcriptions of "Spring Waters" and "Polka Italienne" by Sergei Rachmaninoff.  

Inna Leoni - Sergei Rachmaninoff - Spring Waters - Veshnie vodi Op. 14 No. 11