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Performing

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/9780195130461.003.0005
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The chapter recounts the life of Rudolf Serkin as a performing artist in the United States. The opening section relates his business dealings in the American classical music industry and his solid partnership with Columbia Concerts and Columbia Recording Corporation. Regarding his musical instrument, Serkin was loyal to Steinway pianos, after shifting from Bechstein for political reasons. Serkin's musical repertoire is also presented, including his preference for Beethoven and Brahms. His attitudes towards the music itself and regarding his colleagues and contemporaries — most notably Vladimir Horowitz — are revealed through anecdotes and correspondences. A section is also devoted to critiques of Serkin's performance and the evolution of his skill throughout his career. A subsection is devoted to the accounts of several people whose lives he had enriched through the various roles he had assumed in his illustrious career. These include Richard Goode, Thomas Frost, Claude Frank, and Lilian Kallir.

Keywords: Rudolf Serkin; Columbia Concerts; Columbia Recording Corporation; Steinway; Bechstein; Richard Goode; Thomas Frost; Claude Frank; Lilian Kallir

Chapter.  20459 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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