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.
MondayBeethoven: Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola
Written when the composer was about 30, this piece displays his graceful side.
TuesdayMozart: 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.
WednesdayBrahms: Serenade No. 2
Before Brahms wrote his symphonies, he wrote for orchestra, but in other forms. Here's one of the results.
ThursdayChadwick: Serenade for Strings
This serenade by American composer George Wakefield Chadwick dates from 1890.
If you like the serenades of Dvořák, you'll enjoy getting to know this one by Josef Suk his son-in-law.