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Evening Masterwork: Johannes Brahms' Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11 for December 26, 2022

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Evening Masterwork: Johannes Brahms' Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11 for December 26, 2022

The Brahms Serenade No. 1 was almost not a serenade at all – the nature of the work earned the nickname of “Serenade-Symphony”, and the composer even adopted this term, though it doesn’t really feel like a Brahms symphony. Originally composed for a smaller ensemble of nine players, Brahms likely had in mind a piece inspired by the Serenades of Mozart. We’ll hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.