Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin

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

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The chapter relates the story of the Marlboro Music School and Festival and Rudolf Serkin's instrumental role in its creation and continuing success. The origin of this renowned musical institution lies in Serkin's close ties with his musical colleagues — the Moyses — and the community at Vermont. Starting as a simple summer music school, it was eventually incorporated as a separate institution from the Marlboro College and focused on the teaching of chamber music to skilled musicians. A section is devoted to describing the distinctive culture at Marlboro and its unique selection of music, which was not restricted to canonical pieces. The school also benefited from the presence of Serkin's famous friends, most notably, Pablo Casals. The music produced by the institution was made available to the public through tours and recordings. The related subsection details the personal experiences and accounts of Philipp Naegele, Blanche Moyse, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Keywords: Rudolf Serkin; Moyse; Pablo Casals; Marlboro; Philipp Naegele; Blanche Moyse; Arnold Steinhardt

Chapter.  16244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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