Rudolf Serkin: A Life

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9780195130461: Rudolf Serkin: A Life

This book is the first biography of 20th-century pianist Rudolf Serkin, providing a narrative of Serkin's life with emphasis on his European roots and the impact of his move to America. Based on his personal papers and correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, the authors focus on three key aspects of Serkin's work, particularly as it unfolded in America: his art and career as a pianist, his activities as a pedagogue, including his long association with the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and his key role in institutionalizing a redefinition of musical values in America through his work as artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont. A candid and colorful blend of narrative and interviews, it offers a probing look into the life and character of this very private man and powerful musical personality.

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Stephen Lehmann is the Humanities Bibliographer at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Marion Faber is Professor of German at Swarthmore College.

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*Starred Review* Given a self-effacing biographical subject--"All I did," Serkin (1903-91) averred, "was practice, practice, practice"--Lehmann and Faber exploit the publicness of being one of an era's finest pianists to produce this absorbing account of a musician qua musician. The first three chapters trace Serkin's life but include remarkably few anecdotes of family and friendship. Serkin's exceptional talent was recognized very early, and he was accepted very early by his peers, which for him meant becoming inextricably involved with the German violinist Adolf Busch (1892-1952). Serkin was Busch's preferred pianist in duo, orchestral, and chamber performances; in 1935 he married Busch's daughter; and he kept Busch before the public after their intertwined families fled from the Nazis to the U.S., where his star flared as Busch's dimmed. The remaining three chapters focus on Serkin's performing, teaching, and directing of the summer Marlboro Festival, which he and Busch founded to nurture chamber music performance in America. Between these latter chapters, excerpts of conversations with Serkin pupils and associates fill out the portrayal of him as rather a high priest of music, one distinguished by his belief that the greatest music was always greater than any performer of it, including himself. A profoundly rewarding book--not least for the accompanying CD of previously unissued public performances--about a profoundly influential musician. Ray Olson
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2003. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Like Heifitz and Horowitz, Rudolf Serkin was a virtuosic solo performer who made European classical music an important part of American middle class culture in the mid-20th century. This book, the first biography of this influential pianist, chronicles Serkin s life and career and assesses his impact on classical music in America. Beginning with Serkin s upbringing and early adulthood in Europe, the book reveals the story of a religious Czech Jew s assimilation into Austro-German society and particularly into the profoundly German household of Adolf Busch. When Serkin immigrated to the United States, he imported with him a particularly German perspective on classical music performance. Best known for his recordings of Beethoven sonatas, Serkin also performed Brahms, Mozart, Bach, and other composers works. Later in his career, he became an active teacher, embarking on a long association with the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. As artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont, Serkin played a key role in institutionalizing a redefinition of musical values in America.Extensive interviews with Serkin s friends and students are an important fixture of the book. The book concludes with a discography by Paul Farber that documents an essential part of Serkin s achievement. Codice libro della libreria FLT9780195130461

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2003. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Like Heifitz and Horowitz, Rudolf Serkin was a virtuosic solo performer who made European classical music an important part of American middle class culture in the mid-20th century. This book, the first biography of this influential pianist, chronicles Serkin s life and career and assesses his impact on classical music in America. Beginning with Serkin s upbringing and early adulthood in Europe, the book reveals the story of a religious Czech Jew s assimilation into Austro-German society and particularly into the profoundly German household of Adolf Busch. When Serkin immigrated to the United States, he imported with him a particularly German perspective on classical music performance. Best known for his recordings of Beethoven sonatas, Serkin also performed Brahms, Mozart, Bach, and other composers works. Later in his career, he became an active teacher, embarking on a long association with the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. As artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont, Serkin played a key role in institutionalizing a redefinition of musical values in America.Extensive interviews with Serkin s friends and students are an important fixture of the book. The book concludes with a discography by Paul Farber that documents an essential part of Serkin s achievement. Codice libro della libreria FLT9780195130461

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