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Price: $150.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

RUDOLF SERKIN - PIANIST

Typed octavo letter signed by the legendary pianist on his personal imprinted letterhead to a fan with a one bar musical quotation.  The quote is the opening bar Haydn’s Piano Sonata No.50 in C major, Hob. XVI-50, Brattleboro, no date.  We offer with an original white tie 8” x 10” glossy bust press portrait.

The musical quotation by Serkin (1903-1991) is uncommon.  He was not predisposed to write quotations as souvenirs for fans. Moreover, he quoted the Haydn C major Sonata, which was one of two he performed from time to time, however, not a work he was known for.  This letter likely dates to 1985, the only time he recorded the work.  He taped the three movements between April 14 and October 4th, 1985 in Guilford, Vermont.  The recording which he took at a very slow tempo was piggybacked with the recording he made of the Reger Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S. Bach which he had recorded the previous year.  The recording of both works was released by Columbia at the very end of 1985.  The Haydn recording was also one of the last issued solo recordings he made.  We estimate the letter likely was written in 1985.

A perfect pairing for display!