WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: the Brahms Serenade No. 1

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) c. 1890

Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms

Evening Masterwork for August 5, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

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 and Divertimenti of Mozart.