Serenata

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Serenata

 

a vocal composition with an instrumental (usually orchestral) accompaniment. Works of this type were written in 17th-and 18th-century Western Europe in honor of court ceremonies. The serenata was similar to the opera and the ceremonial cantata.

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Also news about a group of French singers recently arrived from Paris to enter the service of the French ambassador in Venice who presented them in an open-air concert: "li fece sortir l'altra notte in canale, con istromenti per far serenate" (he had them appear the other night by the canal with instruments for a serenade).
(25.) In attesa dell'estro creativo Ippolito passa le notti nella villa suonando i classici, e le sue ammiratrici, a cui arriva la musica diffusa dalle ampie finestre, lodano "le composizioni di Bach, ghirlande o catene o rosarii--, quelle di Haydn e di Mozart, limpide e fiorite--, quelle di Beethoven, piene, varie, possenti--, quelle di Schubert, ingenue, sincere, campestri--, quelle di Schumann, vaghe, talora puerili, talora colme d'ombra squarciata da lampi, gracili spesso o anche convulse--, quelle di Chopin, lagrime, singulti, serenate di luna e di dolente amore--, e poi Handel, Weber, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Scarlatti, Porpora, Marcello" (Fleres, 1910: 103).
Both Mark Ceolin ("Goldoni's Serenate") and Domenico Pietropaolo ("Goldoni's Magdalenae conversio") bring new light to these neglected genres within Goldoni scholarship.