- a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character.
- an instrumental composition in several movements, intermediate between the suite and the symphony.
Origin of serenata
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Examples from the Web for serenata
It was not a revision of the serenata which he wrote at Naples, but an entirely new work.Handel
Edward J. Dent
And then I've promised to compose you a serenata, with seventy-five verses.Columba
The doorway was empty; the evening serenata of a robin filled the hush.The Game and the Candle
Eleanor M. Ingram
I saw him first in a gondola the night of the serenata—and then at the Armenian convent.The Marriage of William Ashe
Mrs. Humphry Ward
An energetic clapping of hands, from other windows as well as those of Marjories room, greeted the close of the Serenata.Marjorie Dean College Junior
- an 18th-century cantata, often dramatic in form
- another word for serenade
C18: from Italian; see serenade