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Brahms composed the Academic Festival Overture after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Breslau University. The University wanted a new composition to mark this occasion and Brahms having never gone to University set to composing a shorter less dramatic work than a full symphony. This overture remains one of the most celebrated in the romantic canon.
The G Minor Violin Concerto No 1 is the most recognisable work by Max Bruch, bringing the composer enduring fame. Composed in 1857 when he was just 19 years old demonstrates the composers mastery of the solo instrument and large orchestra. At aged 11, Ann won a scholarship to Chethams School of Music in Manchester, appeared on TV and performed with Yehudi Menuhin. Ann is Head of Music at Catholic College Sale and has performed extensively throughout Gippsland for more than a decade with the Briagolong Bush Band and numerous string quartet.
Beethoven Symphony No 1 in C Major, Opus 21 was the first symphony written by the greatest of all symphonists. This work which pays homage to Mozart and Haydn of his past and acts as a beacon lighting the way for the romantics who followed. Alexander Thayer, who wrote the first significant book on Beethoven, saw 1800 as a turning point in the composer’s career: “It is the year in which, cutting loose from the pianoforte, he asserted his claims to a position with Mozart and the still living and productive Haydn in the higher forms of chamber and orchestral compositions—the quartet and the symphony.”
The First Symphony is a conservative work by the least conservative of composers who just two years later, proudly announced that he would follow a “new path.”
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