P. (Peter) Alfred Leonard (ne Alfred Levi; b. Mannheim, Germany 1909; d. September 10, 1988) was an entrepreneur, director
of symphonic programs on KFAC, radio host for The Golden Hour in 1935 for which he also published several monographs for subscribers,
owner of a Los Angeles music store, Gateway to Music (1939-1958), founder of the Los Angeles Music Guild (1944) and director
of its concert series (1945-1952). His family was originally from Mannheim, and he came to the United States in 1933. As an
avid supporter of classical music, his circle of friends included Ernst and Lilly Toch (also from Mannheim), Artur Schnabel,
piano duo performers Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin, among others whose concerts he sponsored and careers he followed such
as Joseph Szigeti, and Otto Klemperer. His relationship with the Tochs was very close, and correspondence included exchanges
of gifts, poetry, and musical manuscripts. As Ernst shared the same birthday as Alfred's daughter, Barbara, for several years
he sent musical compositions and a theme and variations based on her name in celebration of their joint birthday. Alfred was
also a writer; this collection includes his articles published in magazines and a collection of essays, and other unpublished
writings and lectures. He published Gateway to Music - Bulletin (1939-1952) as an adjunct to his store with reviews of recordings.
As the host to the radio show, he also kept reel to reel recordings of his shows, and maintained recordings of Music Guild
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