Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation music

Serenades as a musical genre evolved from the middle ages until the Romantic period, though the medieval connotation of the word survives to the present day: originally, a serenade was an evening piece, intended to be performed by one person as a way of honoring or courting other (love serenades are a very frequent example). During the baroque era the term evolved to mean a type of celebratory cantata for a small ensemble, though it was also meant to be performed in the evening. During the classical period, serenades became multi movement ensemble work, sometimes indistinguishable from a divertimento, and featuring one or two march-like movements. The mood of the music tended ligh and casual, tuneful and less serious than symphonies.
TitleComposerInstrumentPeriodRatings
Serenade no. 13 'A little night music', K. 525 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Orchestra Classical
Divertimento in F major, K. 138/125c Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet Classical
Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 Antonín Dvořák String Orchestra Romantic
Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20 Edward Elgar String Orchestra Late 19th century
A Musical Joke, K. 522 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
Les soirées d'Auteuil, Op. 23 Napoleón Coste Guitar Romantic
Serenade no. 11 in Eb, K. 375 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wind Ensemble Classical
Trio in Eb, Op. 38 Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber group Classical
Divertimento in D, Hob. XVI:19 Franz Joseph Haydn Piano Classical
Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet Classical
Serenade no. 1 in D, Op. 11 Johannes Brahms Orchestra Romantic
Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44 Antonín Dvořák Wind Ensemble Romantic
Serenade for strings in E flat major, Op. 6 Josef Suk String Orchestra Romantic
Divertimento in D major, K. 334/320b Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chamber group Classical
Divertimento in C major, Hob. XVI:1 Franz Joseph Haydn Harpsichord Classical
Serenade no. 9 in D major 'Posthorn', K. 320 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
Serenade no. 5 in D, K. 204/213a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
3 Sérénades, Op. 96 Ferdinando Carulli Guitar Classical
Divertimento in D, K. 205/167A Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
Divertissement, Op. 36 Émile Bernard Wind Ensemble Romantic