Serenata in Vano
For Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Bass
Carl Nielsen composed his Serenata in Vano in 1914---Serenata in Vano, but what does it mean? A serenade in vain. Well, yes, that's exactly what it means. Nielsen had this to say about it:
"First the gentlemen play in a somewhat chivalric and showy manner to lure the fair one out onto the balcony, but she does not appear. Then they play in a slightly languorous strain (Poco adagio), but that hasn't any effect either. Since they have played in vain (in vano), they don't care a straw and shuffle off home to the strains of the little final march, which they play for their own amusement."
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) achieved international recognition as a composer and even today is regarded as Denmark’s most important 20th century composer. This is largely due to the reputation of his symphonies. Unfortunately, his excellent chamber music has remained almost unknown outside of Denmark.
This is a marvelous lille piece which always makes a good impression. It has never been easy to obtain and we are pleased to change that situtation.