Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11
The first serenade was completed in 1857. At that time, Brahms was also working on his First Piano Concerto. Originally scored for wind and string octet and then expanded into a longer work for chamber nonet, the serenade was later adapted for orchestra.
It consists of six movements and lasts slightly less than forty minutes.
- Allegro molto (D major)
- Scherzo. Allegro non troppo (D minor) – Trio. Poco più moto (B flat major)
- Adagio non troppo (B flat major)
- Menuetto I (G major) – Menuetto II (G minor)
- Scherzo. Allegro (D major) – Trio
- Rondo. Allegro (D major)
Serenade No. 2 in A, Op. 16
The second serenade was written in 1859 and dedicated to Clara Schumann. It was revised in 1875. It is scored for a chamber orchestra, including double woodwinds but omitting violins, trumpets, trombones, and percussion. The five movements take approximately thirty minutes to perform.
- Allegro moderato (A major)
- Scherzo. Vivace (C major) – Trio (F major)
- Adagio non troppo (A minor)
- Quasi menuetto (D major) – Trio (F sharp minor)
- Rondo. Allegro (A major)
- Geiringer, Karl (1984). Brahms: His Life and Work - Third Enlarged Edition. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80223-2.