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American Pianist

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/9780195130461.003.0004
American Pianist

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The chapter recounts Serkin's life in America, from his move in the wake of the Second World War until his death. Serkin first came to the United States as part of several well received tours but gained critical acclaim during his concerts with Toscanini. The success of the latter endeavor cemented Serkin's reputation as a bankable concert pianist in America, but it was not until he performed at Carnegie Hall that he was truly recognized as a musical genius. The bulk of his musical obligations was increasingly located in the United States and Serkin and Irene decided to emigrate, along with their in-laws. The Serkins were blessed with seven children and brief glimpses into Rudolf's family man persona are shown. Rigorous concert schedules coupled with several deaths within his family circle are also shown to have taken a toll on Serkin in the latter stages of his life.

Keywords: Serkin; America; Second World War; concert pianist; Carnegie Hall; Toscanini

Chapter.  14083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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