Serenade for Violin and Piano, Op.7
Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) was born in the French city of Metz. His parents were musicians and he was eventually sent to study at the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included César Franck and Jules Massenet. A gifted and highly talented student, he won several prizes, including performance awards in piano and organ and composition awards in counterpoint and fugue. He also won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1882. He enjoyed a successful career as an organist as well as a conductor at the Ballets Russes in Paris. He was also a prolific composer who left several works in most genres.
Tradition has it that Pierné composed his Serenade for Violin & Piano at the age of 12. However, most scholars discount this tale and date the work from 1881. It is a charming piece in the Spanish style take full advantage of each instrument’s strengths.
This lovely work makes a superb encore