Carl Nielsen's Serenata in Vano - Monday's Free Ensemble Monterey Download

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Dear Ensemble Monterey Friends - Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was Denmark's best-known composer. Rumor has it that he had a lifelong fascination with the wind instruments, and one of his signature compositions is his Quintet, Op. 43 for woodwinds and horn. He wrote the Serenata in vano in 1914 when double bassist Anton Hegner asked him to write something light to add to a summer concert tour on which he and some colleagues from the Danish Royal Orchestra were performing the Beethoven Septet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and bass. Thus, Nielsen's "Serenade in Vain" was scored for Beethoven's winds (clarinet, bassoon and horn) plus cello and bass. At that time in history, there was a revived interest in the serenade genre originated by Mozart. Dvorak, Brahms, Elgar, Strauss and Tchaikowsky had all indulged in serenade writing shortly before Nielsen wrote Serenata in vano. All of these Romantic era composers, including Nielsen, borrowed Mozart's model of form and mood for their serenades. Serenata-Invano consists of 3 continuous movements: Allegro, Adagio, and a concluding March. It tells the story of a groups of musicians who set out to serenade a fair lady. Nielsen himself provided these program notes:

Serenata-Invano is a humorous trifle. First the gentlemen play in a somewhat chivalrous and showy manner to lure the fair one out onto the balcony, but she does not appear. Then they play a slightly languorous strain (Poco adagio), but that doesn’t have any effect either. Since they have played in vain (in vano), they don’t care a straw, and shuffle off home to the strains of the little final march, which they play for their own amusement.”

Yours in Music - John Anderson