Johannes Brahms once said “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind”. The 19th century classical composer took much of his inspiration from his peers – the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, but he was also a traditionalist, seeking solace in the surroundings of the woods around Vienna, and in the peacefulness of nature.
Brahms would feel right at home at the Marlboro Music School and Festival – a seven week summer retreat and festival where aspiring musicians collaborate with the masters, all amidst the backdrop of the foothills of rural, southern Vermont. Founded in 1951, it has had a profound influence on music artists, orchestras, composers and teachers, and has been described by The New Yorker Magazine as “The classical world’s most coveted retreat.”
Guests can enjoy minimalist luxury in one of five cottages on the 15-acre site, which offer views of the surrounding forest, an abundance of daylight and a focus on all-natural materials – an approach that has won multiple awards for architecture and interior design.
If it’s inspiration you’re looking for, Marlboro hits all the right notes.