Rudolf Serkin needs no introduction to the world of music and is acknowledged one of the pianistic giants of his generation. Born in Eastern Europe, he came to the United States just before the Second World War along with family and colleagues. His career spanned many decades in Europe, South America, and the United States. Always interested in fostering the talents of young musicians, Serkin was for many years Director of the Curtis Institute of Music. Perhaps his finest legacy is the Marlboro School of Music, which he helped found in 1951. BR1024 is the result of a Marlboro collaboration among three associates in 1960.