- 23' 00"
- vlns I and II; vlas; cellos; basses
- Five movements: 1. Flourish; 2. Romance; 3. Dance; 4. Aria; 5. Finale
|Score (497k)||Pages 1,6,12,20,30||© David Farquhar Estate|
|Recording (453k)||No description|
The titles of the five movements give the outline of a Serenade in the most literal and traditional meaning of the word. The Flourish aims to capture the lady’s attention; through the Romance, Dance, and Aria the suitor presses his cause, and in the Finale the couple celebrate a successful outcome. I wouldn’t, however, suggest that this story line be taken too literally! The music, I hope, speaks for itself. The Aria gives the double-bass a chance to shine as a soloist, and the Finale refers back to earlier material, then skips for joy, and finally relaxes into a tranquil ‘apotheosis’. This Serenade was commissioned by Denis and Verna Adam to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. The first performance was given by the NZ Chamber Orchestra in September 1993.
- Commissioned by The Adam Foundation for the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
- To Mrs. Verna Adam
|24 Sep 1993||
Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra dir. Armstrong; Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington
|NZSO Chamber Orchestra|