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Academic Festival Overture

By Johannes Brahms

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Orchestra - Grade 4
Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Arranged by Vernon Leidig. Full Orchestra; Masterworks; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Highland/Etling Full Orchestra. Form: Overture. Graduation; Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Part(s); Score. 100 pages. Highland/Etling #00-22333. Published by Highland/Etling (AP.22333).

Item Number: 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.

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