Epilogue: 1991

Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130461
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849499 | DOI:
Epilogue: 1991

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This chapter recounts the period when Rudolf Serkin was in the twilight of his life. Accounts from family and friends reveal how he never considered retiring from his musical career until age and illness physically prevented him from continuing with his commitments. His final performances at Carnegie Hall and at the gala season openings of the Chicago and Cleveland orchestras are recounted fondly. Well into his eighth decade of life, Serkin had outlived most of his friends and siblings. Based on his correspondences with his friends, towards the end he was even too tired to write, after experiencing depression from having to cancel many of his concerts. Serkin died from complications of intestinal cancer in March 1991. He was universally mourned by the music industry. All over the world, orchestras and pianists dedicated their performances in memory of this brilliant musical genius whose contributions to the field are invaluable.

Keywords: Rudolf Serkin; Carnegie Hall; orchestra; pianist; intestinal cancer; music

Chapter.  942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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