Moderato: Minuetto: Finale from Serenade for Wind Instruments
Composed by Antonin Dvorak
Arranged by Shaul Ben-Meir for Flute Choir
2 alto flutes
2 bass flutes
At the beginning of 1878, during a trip to Vienna, Dvorak attended a concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic, whose program included Mozart's Serenade in B-flat Major for wind instruments. He was so impressed with the work that, as soon as he arrived back in Prague, he began a composition for the same instrumentation and completed it within fourteen days. The work was premiered in the same year, conducted by the composer himself.
The first movement is an example of a traditional introductory march. The second movement, a Minuet, also reflects classical traditions, but with influences of the Czech folk dances “Sousedska” and “Furiant”. The closing movement is reminiscent of a polka, which thanks to its lively rhythms and inventive thematic treatment, brings the work to an energetic finale. As in the Serenade for Strings, the piece concludes with a quotation of the introductory march motif at the end of the movement.
This charming music translates well to the cohesive sound of a full flute orchestra.