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Serenade (1954)

During the summer of 1954, Bernstein focused on two major compositions: his operetta-styled musical Candide, and a new orchestral piece featuring solo violin. Completed that summer, this violin concerto became the five-movement Serenade, satisfying two commitments: a much delayed commission for the Koussevitzky Foundation (1951), and the promise of a piece for violin and orchestra forhis friend, the eminent violinist, Isaac Stern.

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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

"The best way to know a thing is in the context of another discipline."

Leonard Bernstein
"The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard," 1973

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