A serenade for the beauty of nature. One of the most famous and romantic works by the great composer (1797-1828).
His music has turned up in dozens of films, mostly his most famous work, "'Ave Maria". "Serenade" set the proper mood most recently in Harry Jaglom's romantic-drama feature, "Deja Vu" (1997), and the historical romance "The Young Victoria" (2009).
The story behind the piece, from the "Music At Ease" website:
"One Sunday, during the summer of 1826, Schubert with several friends was returning from Potzleinsdorf to the city, and on strolling along through Wahring, he saw his friend Tieze sitting at a table in the garden of the 'Zum Biersack.' The whole party determined on a halt in their journey. Tieze had a book lying open before him, and Schubert soon began to turn over the leaves. Suddenly he stopped, and pointing to a poem, exclaimed, 'such a delicious melody has just come into my head, if I but had a sheet of music paper with me.' Herr Doppler drew a few music lines on the back of a bill of fare, and in the midst of a genuine Sunday hubbub, with fiddlers, skittle players, and waiters running about in different directions with orders, Schubert wrote that lovely song."