Moderato quasi marcia * Menuetto. Tempo di minuetto * Andante con moto * Finale. Allegro molto
The Serenade for wind instruments, cello and double bass was premiered in 1878 in in Prague, with the Czech composer himself conducting. Composed prior to his popular Slavonic Dances, the work evokes the elements, harmonies rhythms of those folk songs, melodic and light. Word has it that Dvorák was so impressed by Mozart’s Wind Serenade K 361 that it took him just a couple of weeks to write his own. He enhanced the scoring for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons and three horns with the addition of cello and double bass, and also an optional contrabassoon. The mood catches the pastoral scenes of the country, the romance of its history and the passion of its dances, resulting in one of the most beloved in his chamber music repertoire.