In this first biography of American composer, pianist, conductor,
and teacher Leon Kirchner (1919-2009), Robert Riggs paints a vivid
picture of an extraordinary, multifaceted musician. Refugees from
Hitler's Third Reich (Schoenberg, Bloch, and Stravinsky) dominated
Kirchner's early development, and he in turn became a
transformative mentor for later generations at the University of
Southern California, Mills College, and Harvard University.