"Also admirable are [Beck's] orchestration skills made apparent in the Three Pieces for Orchestra in which different threads manifest themselves simultaneously and request your attention."

– Jean-Yves Duperron,
Classical Music Sentinel
(March 2020)

Serenade was composed in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2011. It is a re-imagining of the second movement of my fifth string quartet. The music begins with a brief introduction, providing glimpses of the work’s main theme. This lyrical theme fully unfolds in the first violins as a flowing melody supported by a rising figure in the cellos. Over the course of the piece this theme develops, expands, becomes more aggressive, and then partially returns to its original flowing spirit. A brief exultation in a solo violin points towards the close of the piece, which winds down with fragments of the theme, reflecting its origin.

Serenade was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms conductor, and is the third movement of my Three Pieces for OrchestraSerenade was released in 2017 on the Ablaze label. The second movement of this suite, Tempest, was released in 2018 on Ablaze and the first movement, By Moonlight, was released on the same label in 2019. The entire set is available on my 2020 innova CD, by moonlight.

Serenade was premiered by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Arlington Heights, Illinois on 31 January 2016, with Kim Diehnelt conducting.

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by moonlight

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