[Busch, Adolf. (1891 - 1952) & Serkin, Rudolph. (1903-1991)] Wiener, Hilda. (1877-1940)
Lithograph print of a lively pencil sketch of the legendary violin and piano duo in recital ca. 1934, as reproduced in artist Hilda Wiener's Pencil Portraits of Concert Celebrities (1937), with facsimile signatures of the two subjects. The page, taken from the book, has been mounted with masking tape to a window mat. Page size 8 x 10.75 inches (20.8 x 27.3 cm), matted to 11.5 x 14 inches (29.2 x 35.3 cm).
As a young man, Serkin began his concert career in Berlin, living with Busch's family. Together, Busch and Serkin formed the core of the Busch Chamber Players, performing around Europe. The rise of the Nazi regime and the outbreak of World War II led Serkin and the Busch family to emigrate first to Basel, and then to the United States. Busch and Serkin were co-founders of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont. Serkin married Busch's daughter, Irene, and had seven children, including the pianist Peter Serkin.