Notes On Music
11:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Thanks, Academia

Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In appreciation of being awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Breslau in 1880, Brahms wrote the Academic Festival Overture, an appropriate “thank you” for such an honor. 

Taking the melodies of fraternity songs, he wove together a familiar offering for the students, including portions of Gaudeamus igitur, the lyrics of which praise “all beautiful women.”

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