Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Academic Festival Overture in C minor Op. 80
Urtext after the Brahms Complete Edition of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna [orch] duration: 10'
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Johannes Brahms wrote the Academic Festival Overture op. 80 in Bad Ischl in the summer of 1880 as a token of thanks for the honorary doctorate that had been bestowed upon him the previous year by the University of Breslau.
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In keeping with the event, the work contains various folkloric and student songs which Brahms borrowed from the well-known “Commers-Buch für den deutschen Studenten”, a book containing material for the annual students' social gatherings. The Overture's first performance was held in Breslau on 4 January 1881 under the direction of the composer.