Conductor: MICHALIS ECONOMOU
Antonín Dvořák Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
The term “serenade” originally referred to a musical greeting performed in honour of someone – the image of a lover singing outside their beloved’s window is particularly enduring – but by the classical era, it also came to describe light, tuneful works for instrumental ensembles.
Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s works were written within two years of each other in the 1880s, but each seeks to evoke the mood of an earlier time, and both can count Mozart, himself the author of some of the most notable examples of the genre, as an inspiration.
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