Serenade for Strings : Work information
- Dag (Ivar) Wirén ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Scottish Baroque Ensemble, Leonard Friedman (Conductor)
- Work name
- Serenade for Strings
- Work number
- Op. 11
- 1937-01-01 02:00:00
- Simon Lawman
- Bob Auger
- Recording date
Dag (Ivar) Wirén
The Serenade for Strings (1937) is Swedish composer Dag Wiren's most famous work. Its short and witty movements are wonderfully tuneful, and the well-known finale often turns up in compilation albums.
The work opens with a busy Prelude that, despite its menacing moments, is genial in character. It's followed by a simple Andante espressivo, that at times becomes impassioned, and a syncopated Scherzo. The Marcia, with its attractive martial rhythms and memorable theme, wittily parodies military music. Its occasional dissonances add extra spice and the contrasting Viennese-style melody is charming. The work closes as the marching troops fade away into the distance.