Morning Glories: Serenades in the A.M.

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
August 11, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

A scholar would tell you that etymologically speaking, a piece called a "serenade" is meant for the evening — but this week, we'll bring you five serenades during Morning Glories.

These are pieces that are sunny, tuneful, direct — think of them as musical islands of sanity in your busy day.

Monday

Beethoven: Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola
Written when the composer was about 30, this piece displays his graceful side.

Tuesday

Mozart: Serenade No. 11, K. 375
Mozart had just moved to Vienna when he wrote this work — he probably hoped it would make a good first impression on his new audiences.

Wednesday

Brahms: Serenade No. 2
Before Brahms wrote his symphonies, he wrote for orchestra, but in other forms. Here's one of the results.

Thursday

Chadwick: Serenade for Strings
This serenade by American composer George Wakefield Chadwick dates from 1890.

Friday

Suk: Serenade
If you like the serenades of Dvořák, you'll enjoy getting to know this one by Josef Suk — his son-in-law.
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