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Rudolf Serkin Letter

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Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 23 Aug 2010

Biographical History

Rudolf Serkin (1903-1991) was a Hungarian-born composer. He studied and performed throughout Europe until 1933, when he and violinist Adolf Busch and family left Germany for Switzerland (Serkin was later to marry Busch's daughter, Irene). In 1939 they emigrated to the United States, where Serkin taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and was later (1968-1976) its Director. He and Adolf Busch founded the Marlboro Music School and Festival near Brattleboro, Vermont.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Rudolf Serkin Letter consists of a single letter from Serkin to Max Bloom, thanking Bloom for his contribution to the Marlboro Music School and Festival and posing the question of how "to honor the memory of Mr. Posniak."

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Serkin, Rudolf, 1903-1991.

Corporate Bodies

Marlboro Music School and Festival.


Pianists -- Hungary.
Pianists -- United States.
Piano teachers -- United States.

Genres and Forms



Piano teachers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Rudolf Serkin Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Max Bloom, 2004.

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