Moonlight Serenade for Violin & Piano

By: Glenn Miller
For: Solo Solo Violin + piano
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Composer
Glenn Miller
Year of composition
1939
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2020
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Jazz music
License details
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"Moonlight Serenade" arranged here for Violin & Piano, is an American swing ballad composed by Glenn Miller with subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish. It was an immediate phenomenon when released in May 1939 as an instrumental arrangement, though it had been adopted and performed as Miller's signature tune as early as 1938, even before it had been given the name "Moonlight Serenade." In 1991, Miller's recording of "Moonlight Serenade" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The song was recorded on April 4, 1939 for on RCA Bluebird. It was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. pop charts in 1939, reaching number three on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for a total of fifteen weeks. It was the fifth most popular hit of 1939 in the Billboard year-end tally, where Miller had five records in the top 20.

In the UK, "Moonlight Serenade" was released as the A-side of a 78 for His Master's Voice with "American Patrol" as the B-side. The recording reached number twelve in the UK in March 1954, staying on the chart for one week. In a medley with "Little Brown Jug" and "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade" reached number thirteen on the UK charts in January 1976, in a chart run of eight weeks. The recording was also issued as a V-Disc in November 1943.

Miller studied the Schillinger technique with Joseph Schillinger, who is credited with helping Miller create the "Miller sound", and under whose tutelage he composed "Moonlight Serenade".

The song evolved from a 1935 version entitled "Now I Lay Me Down to Weep", with music by Glenn Miller and lyrics by Eddie Heyman to a version called "Gone with the Dawn" with lyrics by George Simon, and "The Wind in the Trees" with lyrics by Mitchell Parish. In his biography of Glenn Miller, George T. Simon recounted how vocalist Al Bowlly of the Ray Noble Orchestra sang him the Eddie Heyman lyrics to the Glenn Miller music of "Now I Lay Me Down to Weep" in 1935. The Noble Orchestra never recorded the song. Finally it ended up as "Moonlight Serenade" because Robbins Music bought the music and learned that Miller was recording a cover of "Sunrise Serenade", a Frankie Carle associated song[5] for RCA Victor. They thought "Moonlight" would be a natural association for "Sunrise".

Jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote about the song's impact and legacy; "Miller exuded little warmth on or off the bandstand, but once the band struck up its theme, audiences were done for: throats clutched, eyes softened. Can any other record match 'Moonlight Serenade' for its ability to induce a Pavlovian slobber in so many for so long?" (The New Yorker, May 24, 2004).

The 1939 RCA Victor studio recording of "Moonlight Serenade" was released by the U.S. War Department as Army V-Disc 39A, VP 75, Theme Song, in November, 1943. The recording was also released as the Navy V-Disc No. 160A and the Marine Corps V-Disc No. 160A. A V-Disc test pressing of a recording of the song from November 17, 1945 by the AAF Band was made but the disc was not issued. A new recording by Glenn Miller with the American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF) was broadcast to Germany in 1944 on the radio program The Wehrmacht Hour.

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Croatian National Anthem for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Viola & Piano, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Double Bass & Piano in E minor (Pro-version), Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Cello & Piano, Badinerie from Suite No.2 for Violin & Piano, Czardas for Cello & Piano, Air on the G String from the Suite No. 3 in D for Classical Guitar & String Orchestra, Air on a G String for Flute & String Orchestra from the Suite No. 3 in D , 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Guitar & Piano, Lost Patrol March (The) for Concert/Wind/Symphonic Band (Keith Terrett Classic March Collection), O Mio Babbino Caro for Cello & Piano, Nessun Dorma for Cello & Piano (Pro version), Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for solo Viola & Keyboards, Air on the G String for Bb Clarinet & Strings from the Suite No. 3 , Solveig’s song for Salon Orchestra, VE Day March for Brass Band (British) (Keith Terrett Classic March Collection), Fanfare & Soliloquy for Cello & Piano, March from Scipio for String Orchestra, optional KB & Percussion, A Serenade for Viola & Keyboard, A Serenade for Violin & Keyboard, Allegro from Concerto for Trumpet in D arr. for Guitar & Harpsichord, Solveigs sang for Double Bass & Keyboard, Solveigs sang for Cello & Keyboard, Solveigs sang for Viola & Keyboard, Solveig’s song for Violin & Keyboard, A Viola Player Goes Ballroom Dancing for Viola & Piano, 8 Swinging Xmas Carols for Violin & Keyboard, Overture from Suite in D from the Water Music for Two Violins & Harpsichord, Elegy Sentimentale for Symphony Orchestra Opus 1, Träumerei for Strings & Harp, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for two Violins & Keyboard’s, Norwegian National Anthem for String Orchestra, Eternal Father Strong to Save (Naval Hymn) for String Orchestra, Smaabarnas nasjonalsang for String Quartet, 7 jul sangs (Xmas carols) popular in Norway for Strings, Von fremden Landern und Menschen for String Orchestra, Czardas for solo Violin & Pianoforte, Czardas for Solo Violin & Symphony Orchestra, Lily the Pink for Junior String Orchestra (School Junior Strings Series), March from ’Judas Maccabaeus’ for Junior String Orchestra with opt. KB & Percussion (School Junior String Series), Lustpiel Overture for String Orchestra, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Guitar & Keyboard, Nessun Dorma for Cello & Piano (lower version), Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for Double Bass & Keyboard, Quando me’n vo for Violin & Piano, Quando Me’n Vo for Cello & Piano, M’Appari Tutt’ Amor for Guitar & Piano, Czardas for Violin & Small Orchestra, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for String Orchestra, Cwm Rhondda for String Orchestra, Three Marches for Intermediate Strings & percussion, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Cello & Organ + Pedals , Pachelbel’s Canon for 8 Strings, Lullaby for a Cellist, Keyboard & Double/E.Bass, In Dulci Jubilo "In sweet rejoicing" for String Orchestra, Journey to the End of Time for Symphony Orchestra (Hollywood Film Cue Series), O Sole Mio for Double Bass & Piano, Azores Regional Anthem (Hymn of the Azores- "Hino dos Açores" ) for String Orchestra, Armenian National Anthem "Mer Hayrenik" for Symphony Orchestra (KT Olympic Anthem Series), When the Saint's Go Marching In for String Orchestra, Vedrò con mio diletto Aria: from the opera "Giustino" for Cello & Keyboard, Vedrò con mio Diletto Aria: from the Opera "Il Giustino" for Guitar & String Quartet, Argentinian National Anthem ''Himno Nacional Argentino'' for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Estonian National Anthem (''Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm'') for Symphony Orchestra (Keith terrett Olympic National Anthem Series), Luxemburgish National Anthem for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Luxembourger National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic National Anthem Series), Brazilian National Anthem for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Latvian Nation Anthem “Dievs, svētī Latviju!” for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic Anthem Series), Slovakian National Anthem ''Nad Tatrou sa blýska''for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Belarusian National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (KT Olympic National Anthem Series), Belarusian State Anthem "My Belarusy-We Belarusians" for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Lithuanian National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic Anthem Series), Liechtensteiners National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic Anthem Series), Portuguese National Anthem ''A Portuegesa'' ''The Song of the Portuguese'' for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Finnish National Anthem ''Maamme'' for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Finnish National Anthem ''Maamme'' for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic Anthem Series), Arcadia Local Anthem “Ave, Maris Stella” (Latin) “Hail, Star of the Ocean” for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Hungarian National Anthem (Himnusz) for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Hungarian National Anthem (''Himnusz'') for Symphony Orchestra (Keith Terrett Olympic Anthem Series), Kosovar National Anthem (Hymni i Republikës së Kosovës) for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Moldovian National Anthem ("Limba noastră") for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Moldovian National Anthem ("Limba noastră") for Symphony Orchestra (Kt Olympic Anthem Series), Swedish National Anthem ''Du gamla, Du Fria'' for Symphony Orchestra (Kt Olympic Anthem Series), Montenegrin National Anthem for Symphony Orchestra (Kt Olympic Anthem Series), Turkish & Northern Cypriot National Anthem ''Istiklâl Marşı'' for Symphony Orchestra (Kt Olympic Anthem Series), Moonlight Serenade for Cello & Piano, Czardas for Solo Bb Trumpet & Symphony Orchestra, Slaves Chorus from Nabucco (''Va, pensiero" ) for String Orchestra, Come Back To Sorrento (Torna a Surriento) for Violin & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for String Orchestra, Ave Maria for Violin & Piano, Ave Maria for Cello & Piano, Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe) for Cello & Harpsichord, Arioso for Keyboard (Piano, Harpsichord, Cembalo, Organ), Tico-Tico no fubá for Violin, Cello & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for Viola, Cello & Piano, Tambourin for Violin & Piano, Tambourin for Viola & Piano, Rondo Alla Turca for Cello & Piano and D-Day for Concert/Wind Band

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