Moderato, Quaci Marcia
Beginning in D minor, this opening movement sets the tone of the entire work. Starting with march-like rhythms and the unusual combination of instruments, it creates a very interesting timbre. It is the only movement in the minor key, complementing the overall good-natured qualities of the serenade.
Although titled minuetto and sounding like a Classical minuet, this movement is based on a Czech dance called sousedka, while the energetic trio section is based on another Czech dance, furiant.
Andante Con Moto
For most of the movement, it is pastoral and lyrical, with moments of intense passion created in arcing lines for the oboe and the clarinet. This movement triggers thoughts of Dvorak trying to paint a picture of his beloved Czech countryside.
The finale is a rondo, playfully structured, extremely lively and technically challenging. It recalls the theme from the first movement towards the end, bringing the work to a satisfying conclusion.