Academic Festival Overture
Johannes Brahms


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How do you normally say 'thank you' to people? Brahms said it to the University of Breslau with this scorching overture. Apparently he initially wrote them a simple thank you note, but he changed his mind and went for something a little more permanent. Oh, and it's also influenced by drinking songs, which seems appropriate given the inspiration.

A postcard image of the University of Breslau, which Brahms wrote this piece for, as a thank you for the honorary doctorate they had awarded him.