Gustav Lewi

Danzig (Gdansk), 1876-1941, Berlin

The most important thing we know about Lewi is that we know next to nothing about him. He was listed in the notorious “Nazi Dictionary of Jews in Music”, and all of his works appear to have been published. The estate suggests a composer of better-quality salon music, and indeed, the songs, some of which appeared under the name Gustav Leonhardt, are fin de siècle jewels. He died in Berlin’s Jewish hospital of asthma in 1941.