In the Serenade in d minor of the early Antonin Dvorák, the sun shines through each and every note! Dvorák entered the pages of musical history as the creator of the ‘New World symphony’ and the ‘American Quartet’, yet these great works cannot make us forget this Serenade, one os his most beautiful and sunny pieces, written in a period during which he was struggling to make a living.
The Suite opus 4 of Richard Strauss is written for 13 instruments: double woodwind, four horns and contrabassoon. This is a pretty great prevalence towards the darkers colours, whereby the solos are just as lavish in the low tessituras as in the flutes and oboes. Written on commission of Hans von Bülow, the famous conductor from the Munich Court Orchestra and also his father’s employer, the world lay wide open for the young Richard Strauss.
The composer Flor Alpaerts reveals in his compositions a clear preference for an orchestral colorati on that is reminiscent of the work of Richard Strauss. Besides a composer, he was also a much appreciated conductor in Belgium and abroad. Avondmuziek [Evening Music] is an intimate chamber music piece from the earlier period (1915). They are two short serenades for octet, which he dedicated to his children Jef and Flora.
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SERENADES FOR WINDS:
Dvorák, Antonin: Serenade in d minor opus 44 (1878)
Alpaerts, Flor: Avondmuziek (1915)
Strauss, Richard: Suite in B fl at major opus 4 (1883)