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Introduction

Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130461
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130461.003.0001
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The book revolves around the life of musician Rudolf Serkin, who was a prominent figure in American culture in the twentieth century. The great man's naturally reticent personality, combined with a reluctance to be interviewed in public until much later in his life, has necessitated the reconstruction of his life through alternative sources. These include accounts from family members, friends, and associates and are complemented by Serkin's own voluminous personal correspondences. The book is structured into two parts. The first section provides a chronological account of Serkin's life from his European roots until his move to the United States. The second part of the book examines three key aspects of his work — his art and career as a pianist; his activities as a mentor and his ties with the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia; and his work as the cultural director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont.

Keywords: Rudolf Serkin; American; musician; culture; pianist; Curtis Institute; Marlboro Music School; Vermont; Philadelphia

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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