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Serenade (Bird)

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Arthur Bird

Arthur Bird

This work is often referred to by its German title, "Serenade für Blasinstrumente, op. 40".

General Info

Year: 1898
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60


1. Allegro Moderato - 12:40
2. Adagio - 6:10
3. Allegro Assai
4. Finale -- Allegro Energico


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Serenade Opus 40 was written in 1898 for two flutes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. It won the Paderewski Prize as the best chamber work by an American in 1901 and was premiered in Boston by Georges Longy and his Woodwind Club on March 31, 1902.

The first movement, Allegro Moderato, is in sonata allegro form with fine thematic contrast, a brief development section and a coda. The Adagio features English horn and is followed by an Allegro Assai. The Allegro Energico has a fugato which is both contrapunctal and melodic.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Adam Friedrich, conductor) - 30 November 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Chamber Ensemble (Cody Arington, conductor) - 19 April 2021
  • Emory Wind Ensemble (Atlanta, Ga.) (Tyler Erlich, conductor) - 28 February 2021
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (William Drury, conductor) - 25 February 2020
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Emily Mariko Eng, conductor) – 14 December 2017
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Boyang Yu, conductor) – 2 February 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Dominic Talanca, conductor) - 30 April 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bird, A. [19--?] Serenade für Blasinstrumente, op. 40 [score]. Manuscript.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 69.