Although not formally published until 1892, the Serenade is believed to be a reworking of a suite Elgar had written some years earlier, before he had firmly set his sights on a career as a composer. Apart from the two suites called The Wand of Youth, it is therefore probably the earliest of his compositions to survive into the standard repertoire. Certainly, it has a youthful charm while at the same time displaying indications of the skills Elgar developed as he progressed towards musical maturity. It is reportedly[where?] the first of his compositions with which he professed himself satisfied.

Date of composition 1892 (1888-1892)
First published 1893 - London: Breitkopf & Härtel in London, United Kingdom
Type Serenade
Tonality E Minor
Catalogue Op. 20
Instruments String Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings en mi mineur, Op. 20
Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in mi minore, Op. 20
Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings e-moll, Op. 20