Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Arranged by Vernon Leidig. Orchestra. Full Orchestra; Masterworks. Full Orchestra. Form: Overture. Graduation; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Grade 4. Conductor Score & Parts. 100 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.22333).
Academic Festival Overture was written in 1879 when Brahms was given a degree of doctor of philosophy by the University of Breslau. As a spirit of gratitude, Brahms composed the overture for the occasion. The whole overture is built on themes taken from a memorable collection of German student songs; the songs are developed in a variety of tempos, styles and moods. In the closing section, the melody is presented in a stately and dramatic manner, and the orchestra plays with full force, bringing the overture to a triumphant conclusion.