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  • The Serenata
    The Serenata
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Serenata (Mus) A piece of vocal music, especially one on an amoreus subject; a serenade.☞ The name serenata was given by Italian composers in the time of Handel, and by Handel himself, to a cantata of a pastoreal of dramatic character, to a secular ode, etc.; also by Mozart and others to an orchectral composition, in several movements, midway between the suite of an earlier period and the modern symphony. "Or serenate, which the starved lover sings
      To his pround fair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serenata In music, either a variety of secular cantata, or (more usually) an instrumental work consisting of several movements, like a suite, and intended more or less distinctly for performance in the open air by a private orchestra or band. The serenata forms an intermediate link between the suite and the symphony, being more emancipated from the control of mere dance-forms than the one, and much less unified and technically elaborate than the other. It was a favorite form of composition with Mozart. Also cassation and divertimento.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Serenata an instrumental work for performance in the open air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. serenata,. See Serenade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. serenata, sereno, serene—L. serenus.


In literature:

I do not know if that SERENATA all right for young ladies.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
Massenet's "Elegie," Moszkowski's "Serenata," a transcription, and then the aria from Lucia.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
A Serenata must be regarded as a kind of Intermezzo, in the Cantilena manner, with an accompanying rhythm suggesting an ancient Spanish dance.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The serenata in honor of Italy's beautiful princess duly made its way to the Grand Canal.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The 'Venetian Song' and the 'Serenata' are both exquisite.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
Felix Draeseke's "Serenata" given by the Symphony Society, in New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
There is also a melodious serenata in the rarely used key of E flat minor.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson

In news:

La Serenata de Garibaldi .
Host of Music in Mid-Ohio, Musica Sacra, Serenata and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra live broadcasts.
Napoli Mandolin Orchestra Serenata Luntana Dunya/Felmay By MICHAEL STONE.
Serenata of Santa Fe Opens Its New Season.
Serenata by Treasure Garden BALDWIN PARK, Calif.