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Finding Aid for the Alfred Leonard and Joseph Leonard Collection, 1902-2001
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alfred Leonard and Joseph Leonard Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1902-2001
    Collection number: 180
    Creators: Alfred Leonard and Joseph Leonard
    Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: This collection documents the musical activities and compositions of the brothers Alfred and Joseph Leonard.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian for Performing Arts Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collectionsas the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Eleanor Rubin, 1999, 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alfred Leonard and Joseph Leonard Collection, 180, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    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 concert performances.
    His brother Joseph Julius Leonard (ne Josef Julius Levi) (b. August 7, 1903; Mannheim, Germany d. May 20, 1979) was a blind, talented pianist and organist, who had an extensive performing career in Germany before immigrating to the United States. In 1936 he was invited by Manuel Compinksy to join the faculty at the Pacific Institute of Music and Fine Arts, where he served on the faculty. In Los Angeles, he served as organist and choir director at Beth Am synagogue (1953-?) and performed in secular and religious concerts as a soloist and choir director.
    This collection provides valuable documents on Los Angeles Western classical musical programs, local Jewish community musical events, Toch materials not found in other collections, German and German Jewish newspapers from the 1920s-30s, and correspondence with important composers and performers. In addition, this collection provides supporting material on the lives of Ernst Toch, Artur Schnabel, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, piano duo Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin, and Joseph Szigeti.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of documents, clippings, music programs, brochures, correspondence, recordings and photographs relating to the careers of Alfred and Joseph Leonard. Correspondence includes communications with Artur Schnabel, Ernst and Lilly Toch, pianists Babin-Vronksy, Joseph Szigeti, Peter Heyworth, and others. Collection also includes other printed publications, monographs, German language newspapers from 1920s and 30s, musical compositions and manuscripts by Ernst Toch and Joseph Leonard. Recordings include published and unpublished 33, 45 and 78 rpm records, reel-to-reel audiotapes, CD transfers of 78s.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Sheet music - Published
    2. Sheet music - Unpublished manuscripts
    3. Correspondence
    4. Newspapers, Newsletters, Magazines
    5. Clippings, Advertisements, Reviews
    6. Books and Monographs
    7. Articles, Lectures, Sermons, Other Writings
    8. Scrap books
    9. Music Programs
    10. Documents
    11. Catalogues and Brochures
    12. Photographs
    13. Sound recordings

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Music--California--Los Angeles
    Leonard, Alfred
    Leonard, Joseph
    Schnabel, Artur, 1882-1951
    Toch, Ernst