Beginnings: Eger and Vienna

Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130461
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849499 | DOI:
Beginnings: Eger and Vienna

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Serkin's father, Mordko Serkin was born of an orthodox Jewish family in Belarus. He was gifted with a talent for singing but quit the stage at the behest of his father-in-law, prior to his marriage with Auguste Schargel, who also came from a Jewish family in Poland. After the birth of three children, the Serkin family finally settled in the town of Eger in Bohemia. Rudolf was the fifth of seven Serkin siblings. Serkin's early life was a tale of poverty and persecution but his musical talent manifested early on and at the age of nine, he moved to Vienna to study under Richard Robert, and later on, with Joseph Marx and Arnold Schoenberg. His family moved to Vienna upon the outbreak of World War One and Serkin was able to conduct a few tours and recitals. Other influential people in his life include Eugenie Schwarzwald and Adolf Busch.

Keywords: Serkin; Mordko Serkin; Auguste Schargel; Eger; Vienna; Richard Robert; Joseph Marx; Arnold Schoenberg; Eugenie Schwarzwald; Adolf Busch

Chapter.  10226 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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