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Academic Festival Overture

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (trans. Safranek)

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 10:30
Original Medium: Orchestra
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Permanently Out of Print


Db Piccolo
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Alto Clarinet I-II
Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone I-II
Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone
Cornet I-II-III
Flugelhorn I-II
Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone Baritone I-II (bass and treble clef)
Basses (Tubas)
Snare Drum & Triangle
Bass Drum & Cymbals

  • Note: An earlier printing of this work was published as Gilmore Band Library no. 42, with the plate no. 18797-134. The differences are in the renaming of clarinet and cornet parts.


1st Flute. reh. F, beat 2: F sharp and E quarter notes should read eighth notes
2st Oboe. reh. B +7, beat 1: G-flat should read G natural
1st Bassoon. reh. O +26 (13 meas. before Maestoso), beat 1: empty stem should read F below bass clef
3rd Cornet (2nd Cornet in Gilmore edition). reh. A +8: delete rehearsal "B"
3rd Cornet (2nd Cornet in Gilmore edition). reh. A +21: add rehearsal "B" (at the 4 measure rest)
1st Baritone T.C. reh. P -12 (at the 3/4 meter change): add "Maestoso"
Basses. reh. H -20, beat 1&: fix broken note (A)

Program Notes

The University of Breslau awarded Brahms an honorary degree in 1880 and he reciprocated by writing an overture. Brahms conducted the piece at the University on January 4, 1881. The overture includes student drinking songs and retains the gay atmosphere of college life. Heard are: Wir hatten gebauet em stattliches Haus ("We have built a stately house"), played by the brass choir; Der Landesvater ("The Land Father"), given out by the violins in the orchestral version; Was kommt dort von der Hoh ("What comes from afar") by the woodwinds and strings, and, finally the magnificent Gaudeamus igitur ("Wherefore let us rejoice"), by the whole ensemble.

- Program note by University of Houston Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

Maryland: VI


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