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We’re playing two contrasting Serenades by different composers. Apart from lovers serenading their sweethearts on romantic summer evenings, the musical term as used by Mozart and others meant instrumental works to be played in the evenings, sometimes out of doors, using small groups and comprising several movements, not as ‘serious’ as symphonies.
Czech composer Josef Suk (1874-1935) was 18 when he wrote his Serenade and studying with Dvořák, and his teacher’s influence can be heard in the music. Not only did Suk become Dvořák’s favourite pupil, but also his son-in-law. The four movements of this attractive piece are often emotional as well as being technically and musically demanding.
More light-hearted music comes from Italian Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948). Born in Venice, his first aim was to be a painter like his father, but aged 17 he studied composition in Munich, where he dedicated his Serenade for Strings to his teacher Rheinberger. He became well-known as a successful composer of comic operas such as Susanna’s Secret (smoking…) and The Jewels of the Madonna which was popular at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera.
We’re a mixed ability group and new players are always welcome. For information, please contact Haydn Thomas 01562 885 252; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Patterson, Conductor
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