Serenade for 13 wind instruments E flat major op. 7 Tr 106


Serenade Nr. 10 B flat major KV 361 "Gran Partita"

Carlos Chamorro
Salzburg Ensemble

The number 13 brings bad luck? Not for Richard Strauss! His Serenade for 13 wind instruments proved to be a lucky charm. With the early age of just 17 years Strauss tried his hand as a composer for wind instruments. The Serenade became his first piece to be performed outside his hometown of Munich - and it was more than successful. The results were further performances throughout Germany, the acquaintance of Hans von Bülow, a commissioned composition and a great amount of recognition.

Regarding the instrumentation and the composition itself, the young Strauss was probably inspired by Mozart’s Gran Partita. It is not known when and for what occasion Mozart wrote his serenade with its unusual instrumentation for its time. Miloš Forman’s classic movie Amadeus made the 3rd movement, the Adagio, especially popular. In the movie, the character of Antonio Salieri is delighted by it: “This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.”

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