In October of 1880, Tchaikovsky reported to the admiring Madame von Meck that "recently my Muse has been benevolent. I have written two long works very rapidly - the 1812 Overture and a Serenade in four movements for string orchestra. The Overture will be very noisy. I wrote it without much warmth of enthusiasm; therefore it has no great artistic value. The Serenade, on the contrary, I wrote from an inward impulse. I felt it, and I venture to hope that this work is not without artistic qualities."