Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Op. 11
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. The original version of the Brahms First Serenade did receive a performance, but the composer preferred the orchestral version so much more that he destroyed the score and parts of the nonet version… and the Serenade-Symphony survived.