It was June 6, 2023, and my brother Mike and I attended a CSO concert at Symphony Center in Chicago. We enjoyed the 3 French impressionist pieces (Debussy's La Mer and Ravel's La Valse and Menuet Antique). These pieces were paired with Shostakovich's much darker / more manic First Violin Concerto.
That night, the featured violin soloist, Vadim Gluzman (after performing the brilliant Shostakovich concerto) treated an appreciative audience with a short but stunning encore piece for solo violin called Serenade by Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov. It became immediately evident to us that Serenade would be a perfect piece for solo nylon string guitar.
After doing some research online, I found several performances of the piece but soon came to realize that Gluzman's arrangement was especially emotive and uniquely delicate, so I wound up using it exclusively as inspiration.
I went on to visualize the piece as a late-night dialogue in a small parlour-style setting. I played through my arrangement just a touch slower than Gluzman.