It is clear that music drove Leide-Tedesco's heart and soul from an early age. A violin virtuoso at 9, Leide conducted
In Prague, in the mid-1920's, Leide-Tedesco was entrusted by Maurice Ravel with the first performances in Czechoslovakia of thr Alborada del Gracioso and L'enfant et les Sortileges.
Obviously, as a musician, composer/conductor Maestro Leide-Tedesco's collection of music and memorabilia would be immense. The collection contains hundreds, if not thousands of music books, sheet music, manuscripts, letters, photos and autographs of some of the greatest classical and operatic artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as several ancient rare volumes over 500 years old.
Of course, Leide's own professional and personal relationship with some of these well-known figures make the collection all that much more exciting and interesting. Notable artists included Ravel, Schoenburg, Gershwin, and Richard Strauss, as well as: Josef Suk, Karel Boleslav Jirák, Ernst Toch, Franz von Vecsey and many others -- even jazz great George Shearing. Leide corresponded with some and came away with many autographed photos, sheet music and music programs.
Renowned French composer Vincent D'Indy had his own unique style of writing several bars of musical notes with a personal message and signing with a great flourish and generously providing the place and date of the meeting -- in Leide's case it was November 1925 in Prague.
Autographed photo to "Manoah Tedesco Leide, Maurice Revel - 7/21/28" -- the year Ravel wrote Bolero.