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Serenade

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Author(s): Bork, Camilla
1. DefinitionA serenade is a musical piece with the function of wooing or paying amorous homage. Three dimensions of meaning are apparent from the etymology: the context of time of day (Italian  sera, “evening”), which explicitly defines the serenade as evening music; the prescription of the musical character as simple, cheerful, and unaffected (Latin  serenus, “serene”), and customs of performance practice, in which the serenade was performed outdoors (Italian  al sereno, “in the open air”) [4].On the one hand, the serenade is a musical genre with its own composition …
Date: 2021-08-02