NACHTMUSIK

WA Mozart Serenata notturna

Wagner Siegfried Idyll

WA Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

 

The serenade (or, in German, "Nachtmusik") was historically performed on a quiet and pleasant night, in commemoration of a loved or honoured figure. Mozart's two Serenades are beautiful examples of the form. His Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is possibly Mozart's most famous work, with its familiar leaping intervals in its opening tune. His Serenata notturna, written when Mozart was just 20, is less well known, but is nevertheless steeped in Mozart's characteristic vim, vigour, and grace. 

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