Alfredo Casella’s Serenata, op. 46 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin and cello is a composition that received great acclaim at the time of its conception, it is all but unknown to modern audiences and performers. The Serenata has several historical influences from the French and Italian Baroque and Classical periods.
There are handful of wonderful works for trumpet in a chamber setting, and there are definite nods to these pieces by Martinu, Shostakovich, and others in Casella’s Serenata. This piece is easy to program and is always warmly received by audiences.
Endurance in this piece should not prove to be an issue, as all passages are relatively short and interspersed with rest. While the fourth and sixth movements require the trumpeter to play for a majority of each movement, the trumpet is tacit during the fifth movement, providing time for rest in preparation for the last movement. Below you will find a recording of the first movement. Please note that below is the full orchestra arrangement with percussion, and this product for sale here is the composers arrangement for Trumpet, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, & Cello.
Casella Serenata Movement 1