Sublime Serenades includes one of Dvořák’s most memorable melodies, evoking the old world atmosphere of musical performances in the castles of the Rococo period, where the worlds of the aristocracy and the common folk merged. Richard Strauss had just turned seventeen when he composed his Serenade for 13 wind instruments. The work is much more than simply a deft imitation of Mozart and Mendelssohn. The contour of the melodies easily identifies Strauss as the future composer of works filled with moments of achingly beautiful lyricism.
Enjoy this rebroadcast with music presented in a new way. Your host and conductor, Music Director Michael Stern and our musicians share thought-provoking social and historical musical context throughout the program.