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Serenade in E-flat major, Op.7 [10 minutes]

This incredible serenade is a work from a young, but a very seasoned, 17 year old composer. Aside from his father, Franz Strauss, an influential horn player in Munich music circles, Richard Strauss received thorough training at home and from his father’s colleagues. Since the premier of the work on 27 November 1882, the Serenade has enjoyed a secure position in the wind repertoire. In a single movement, this piece, cast in a classical sonata form, displays the influences of Schubert, Schumann, and Mozart, of whom he idolized all through his lifetime. With masterful handling of the wind instruments, Strauss creates warm and vivid colors and dramatic and tender moments that belies his age.