Tickets can be booked at the DAI Heidelberg
€ 11.90 / 9.90 (reduced) / 6.90 (DAI members)

What does a composer do when he does not want to succeed in the one great work? Quite simply, he shifts to a different genre with less pressure of expectation. This is exactly what the young Brahms did when he presented two orchestral works to the public at the end of the 1850s: not symphonies, with which he would have had to measure himself against the "superfather" Beethoven, but serenades. What is special about these works is that they strike the cheerful, binding tone familiar from the music of Haydn and Mozart, but in compositional detail they already prescribe those procedures that also apply to Brahms's later symphonies. One should not be deceived by their demonstrative modesty: They are major works.

At the Musical Sunday at the DAI Heidelberg, two enthusiasts of music will have their say and dive deep into the works with the audience: Marcus Imbsweiler publishes novels, including stories about composers; Timo Jouko Herrmann is a composer, violinist and guest conductor of the Heidelberger Sinfoniker.

Brahms' Serenades can be heard on the following dates in the Heidelberger Frühling Musikfestival:

Tickets at DAI

Timo Jouko Herrmann


Marcus Imbsweiler


An event of the DAI Heidelberg in cooperation with Heidelberger Frühling