Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

A gentleman living here in Bratislava, a non-Slovak, pointed out to me that the boisterousness of all of the celebrating students at the end of the school year reminded him of Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture.

Unfamiliar with it, I looked for it on YouTube and had to agree that he hit the nail on the head.  It’s a piece of music written by Brahms as a slightly irreverent thank you to a university and as such is sprinkled liberally with snippets from student drinking songs.

Those of you who enjoyed the article on Stuzkova may recognize the presence of Gaudeamus Igitor at the end of Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture.  Just press the play button below to listen.

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