Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer working in the early Romantic era. His Serenade was written in 1826, supposedly after a long summer's walk with some friends. It was originally a setting of a poem by Ludwig Rellstab for a solo Alto Voice.
Serenade was never published during the composer's lifetime, only coming to light in a posthumous collection called the Swan Song. It has since been recognised as one of Schubert's most beautiful and graceful compositions. It has been transcribed here for Cello and Piano by the Italian cellist Alfredo Piatti as one of his Three Melodies.