Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871−1927)

Serenade

opus 31

1. Overtura: Allegrissimo
2. Canzonetta: Tempo di valse, un poco tranquillo
3. Scherzo: Presto
4. Notturno: Andante sostenuto
5. Finale: Tempo moderato

  • Year of composition: Mellanklef (Halland) 1908, Särö and Vestanå 1912-13, rev. 13 August 1919
  • Work category: Orchestral works in several movements
  • Dedication: To my wife [Helga Marcia]
  • First performed: First version performed on 20 January 1914, Stockholm, the Royal Court Orchestra, cond. the composer — The revised version: 3 March 1920, Gothenburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. the composer.
  • Duration: 34 min

Instrumentation

2.2.2.2 / 4.2.3.0 / timp, 2-3 perc / str

Examples of printed editions

• Edition Suecia, Stockholm 1936 (score)
• Nordiska Musikförlaget, Stockholm 1951 (study score)

Examples of recordings

• BIS, BIS CD 310 (1985), this recording also includes Reverenza,
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi
• Swedish Society, SCD 1016 (1987, recorded in the 1960s)
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Rafael Kubelik
• BIS, BIS CD 422B (1988, rec. 1970), extract
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Antal Dorati
• Musica Sveciae, MSCD 626 (1990)
Radio Symphonics, cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen
• Finlandia 3984-25327-2 (1999)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Andrew Davies
• Swedish Society, SCD 1144 (2009)
Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, cond. Paul Mägi

Description of work

1. Overtura: Allegrissimo F major 2/2
2. Canzonetta: Tempo di valse, un poco tranquillo E minor 3/4
3. Scherzo: Presto C major 6/8
4. Notturno: Andante sostenuto A minor 6/4
5. Finale: Tempo moderato F major 4/4