Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
by, 24th May 2012 at 11:13 PM (1353 Views)
If all you've ever heard of Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis is the first movement, "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi" (O Fortuna), you ought to listen to the full piece.
Here the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, and the Pacific Boychoir perform at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
In 1934, Orff encountered the text in the 1847 edition of the Carmina Burana by Johann Andreas Schmeller. Michel Hofmann, then a young law student and Latin and Greek enthusiast, assisted Orff in the selection and organization of 24 of these poems into a libretto, mostly in Latin verse, with a small amount of Middle High German and Old Provençal. The selection covers a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st century: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking,gluttony, gambling and lust. (Wikipedia)0 Thanks, 0 Likes, 0 Dislikes
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