Liebling, Leonard, American pianist, music critic, and editor, nephew of Georg Liebling and Emil Liebling and brother of Estelle Liebling; b. N.Y, Feb. 7, 1874; d. there, Oct. 28, 1945. He studied at City Coll. in N.Y, and privately with Leopold Godowsky (piano), then in Berlin with Kullak and Barth (piano) and Urban (composition); toured Europe and America as a pianist. In 1902 he joined the staff of the Musical Courier in N.Y, and in 1911 became its ed.-in-chief; his weekly columns on topical subjects were both entertaining and instructive. He also served as music critic of the N.Y. American (1923–34; 1936–37). He wrote some chamber music, piano pieces, and songs, as well as librettos of several light operas, including Sousa’s The American Maid.
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