Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Johannes Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, was one of a pair of contrasting concert overtures — the other being the Tragic Overture, Op. 81. Brahms composed the Academic Festival Overture in 1880 as a "thank you" to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate. Initially, Brahms had contented himself with sending a simple handwritten note of acknowledgment to the University, since he loathed the public fanfare of celebrity. However, the conductor who had nominated him for the degree convinced him that protocol required him to make a ... more

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