The earliest serenades were written as musical greetings for a lover, friend, or other person to be honored. The classic serenade was from a lover to his lady love through a window. Serenades were meant to be performed outdoors in the evening, ideally in quiet and pleasant surroundings. The most famous 18th century serenades were those of Mozart. Dvořák's wind serenade is a masterpiece of the form.