Rosalyn Tureck: A Centenary Tribute


This exhibition marked the centenary of the birth of Bach specialist, Rosalyn Tureck, born December 14, 1913. The exhibition opened with childhood photographs of Rosalyn Tureck in Chicago with her sisters and her mother.

The exhibition included Rosalyn Tureck's holograph transcriptions of two Scarlatti pieces, written on the back of the dust jacket of Paintings on Parade (1939) by Donald Jenks; along with a holograph transcription of Bach's Sarabande from the "Suite in C Minor." There was also a small scrap of an original composition by Ms. Tureck entitled, "Helford Village," with another, "La Jolla Bird Calls," on the verso.

The exhibition included a number of photographs of Ms. Tureck: onstage, as both performer and conductor, as well as in more casual moments. Ms. Tureck's more iconoclastic side was represented with a 1969 photograph of the noted pianist seated at the keyboard of a Moog synthesizer, alongside its inventor, Robert Moog. It is shown with a draft of an article by Rosalyn Tureck, commissioned by Life magazine in 1969 entitled, "A Case For Open-Mindedness," discussing the invention of an electronic piano and its hyper-critical reception.

Scattered throughout the exhibition were several small examples from Ms. Tureck's personal collection of exotic instruments: a kalimba, an intricately carved wooden flute, and a pair of lozenge-shaped painted wood percussive blocks.

This exhibition is no longer on display.

Rosalyn Tureck