The word Serenade reminds us of rustic settings and love songs. However, since the late 18th century, the term has extended to the field of instrumental music. They were short pieces intended for social entertainment and played by small groups, in most cases by a single family of instruments, whether wind or string. As time progressed, the genre took on greater artistic ambition. This is the case with the serenades included in this program, written by two composers who knew each other well. Brahms’ Op. 16 dates from the late 1850s and appears here in a transcription for woodwind in the company of double bass. These are five short pieces in which we already glimpse the grandeur of the four symphonies composed later. Dvořák’s Op. 44 appeared two decades later, without flute, but with three horns. In it combine reminiscences of Mozart’s style and the unmistakable sonority of traditional music from the Bohemian region.
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Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
J. Brahms Serenade No. 2 (arr. Mark Popkin)
A. Dvořák Serenade for Wind Instruments
Nuno Silva musical direction