Academic Festival Overture (Op. 80). Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Arranged by Michael Story and Michael Story. Concert Band. Concert Band; Part(s); Score; SmartMusic. Belwin Young Band. Form: Transcription. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Grade 2. 238 pages. Published by Belwin Music (AP.39563).
Although conceived as a comical academic musical representation by its renowned composer, this overture is lyrical and exciting. There are opportunities for your students to present sudden stylistic changes and tempo shifts which permit for both performance and teaching. It is still used in a variety of settings (even in its comedic intent) in films and on the more serious concert stage. This arrangement includes generous cuing to accommodate incomplete instrumentations. Classic, familiar and even humorous, it is a sure winner for your developing band. (3:45) This title is available in SmartMusic.