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Serenata

Michael Talbot

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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A dramatic cantata, normally celebratory or eulogistic, for two or more singers with orchestra. The name alludes to the fact that performance often took place by artificial light outdoors at night. ‘Serenata’ has become associated incorrectly with ‘sera’ (evening); this etymology has long influenced the interpretation of the word, which has been used also to denote a lover’s serenade or an instrumental composition (e.g. Mozart’s Serenata notturna k239).

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Subjects: Music

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