Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E Op. 22
The serenade, as a genre, can sometimes lead to disappointing pieces: compositions often produced by composers still figuring things out creatively. Not so with Antonin Dvorak. In the composer's Serenade for Strings, we hear the young composer start to make a name for himself, pouring his talent for melody into the work. Not only that, but Dvorak wrote the piece in less than two weeks. His Serenade for string orchestra is a work that stands out in the genre, and it's a work that reflects a successful period of the composer's life.