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Academic Festival Overture

By Johannes Brahms

Concert Band - Grade 1
Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Arranged by Douglas Akey. Concert Band; Masterworks. Alfred Debut Series. Form: Overture. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Conductor Score & Parts. 118 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20709).

Item Number: AP.20709

Brahms's Academic Festival Overture was composed in the summer of 1880 for the conferment of his own honorary doctorate of philosophy degree by Breslau University. The piece is based on a number of student songs that would have been familiar to those in attendance at the time. The themes derived from four of those songs have been used in this arrangement for young band and are presented in the same order in which they appear in Brahms's original. Careful attention to the written dynamics and articulations will aid your students in creating an authentic performance of this transcription. A perfect choice for young bands at festival.
Concert; Contest/Festival.

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    Tallahassee Tuba
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  • 2009-01-09 00:00:00.0 For Beginners

    This song is not in line with its grade. Though it's but a level one, the complexity of this piece is fitting for a middleschool level piece. There can be a fair amount of creativity involved in this piece when it's explored thoroughly. At measure 14, the trumpets...

    are able to give it a little "pop" that really brings it to life. From measure 52, maestoso, all the way to the end of the piece, a grand effect takes place. Make sure that all parts use the required expression in this section. All in all, this is a good piece for the earliest students, through maybe, 7th grade at the latest. Any later, and I would look for a more difficult piece.

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  • 2006-05-06 00:00:00.0 Great song!

    I play is song in band and I love it! Hopefully your band will love it Too!

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