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Carl Orff

July 10, 1895 - March 29, 1982
born in Munich, Germany, composed during the Modern period
Although his fame rests on the success of a single work, the famous and frequently commercially mutilated Carmina Burana, Carl Orff was in fact a multi-faceted musician and prolific composer who wrote in many styles before developing the primal, driving language which informs his most famous work. In addition to his fame as the creator of Carmina burana, Orff enjoyed international renown as the world's pre-eminent authority on children's music education, his life's work in that area represented by Musik für Kinder, five eclectic collections of music to be performed by children, eventually developing into a more extensive series known as Orff Schulwerk.

Born in 1895 to an old Bavarian family, Orff studied piano and cello while still a young boy. He later studied at the Munich Academy of Music, graduating in 1914. The music that he composed during this period shows the influence of several composers, including Debussy and Richard Strauss. In 1914, Orff was appointed Kapellmeister at the Munich Kammerspiele, where he remained until joining the military in 1917. Discharged from service the following year, Orff continued to work as a conductor, accepting further positions in Mannheim and Darmstadt during the 1918-1919 seasons. Returning to Munich in 1919, Orff studied composition privately with Heinrich Kaminski while supporting himself as a teacher. In 1924, he founded the Güntherschule for music and dance with Dorothee Günther, dedicating himself to making musical performance accessible to children. Under his guidance, an entire orchestra of special "Orff instruments" was designed, enabling children to play music without formal training. The following year, Orff made three stage adaptations of works by Monteverdi. Continuing his work in the area of Baroque music, Orff became conductor of the Munich Bach society in 1930, a position he held until 1933. The experience of performing Baroque music, particularly sacred works for the stage, convinced Orff that an effective musical performance must fuse music, words and movement, a goal no doubt partly inspired by his work with the Güntherschule. Orff embodied his conception of music in the fabulously successful Carmina Burana (1937), which in many ways defined him as a composer. Based on an important collection of Latin and German Goliard poems found in the monastery of Benediktbeuren, this work exemplifies Orff's search for an idiom that would reveal the elemental power of music, allowing the listener to experience music as an overwhelming, primitive force. Goliard poetry, which not only celebrates love and wine, but also pokes fun at the clergy, perfectly suited Orff's desire to create a musical work appealing to a fundamental musicality that, as he believed, every human being possesses. Eschewing melodic development and harmonic complexity, and articulating his musical ideas through basic sonorities and easily discernible rhythmic patterns, Orff created an idiom which many found irresistible. The perceived "primitivism" of Carmina burana notwithstanding, Orff believed that the profound appeal of music is not merely physical. This belief is reflected by many other works, including musical dramas based on Greek tragedies, namely, Antigonae (1949), Oedipus der Tyrann (1959), and Prometheus (1966). These works, as well as some compositions on Christian themes, followed the composer's established dramatic and compositional techniques, but failed to repeat the tremendous success of Carmina burana. His last work, De temporum fine comoedia (A Comedy About the End of Time) premiered at the 1973 Salzburg Festival. Nine years later, Carl Orff died in Munich, where he had spent his entire life. ~ Rovi Staff, Rovi
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Track List: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Title: Carmina Burana, Scenic Cantata For Soloists, Choruses & Orchestra
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Track List: Orff: Carmina Burana

Title: Carmina Burana, Scenic Cantata For Soloists, Choruses & Orchestra
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Track List: Orff: Carmina Burana

Comments

Everytime I hear this song, I think of Jackass the Movie
O Fortuna from Carmina Burana is pure epic genius. It sounds like it should be on LOTR and The Olympics and 300 all at the same time. <3
It's a great piece, but sadly one of the few that he is known for.
Awesome

I LOVE HIS SONGS!!!!!!! !
Did I just go through time to the world of grandure
Very nice piece. The lyrics that are supposed to go in it are Latin (I have no idea why that is important but it is)
Absolutely love it. Always have, always will.
purplegalaxy 1 1 2 2 4
This song is similar to the soundtrack of the first episode of Attack on TItan. To those who have seen it, you are awesome.
Still my favorite classical composition. Only classical I've seen live. Twice. Epic epic epic.
1email221
Tight
What can I say, you want powerful music,Carmin a Burana is it!
I agree as a 13 year old. I GEEK OUT WILLINGLY
I love Carmina Burana! People think its odd for a 12 year old to listen to this, but I enjoy it.
this is a master piece of the classical music from this century. I hope at some point of this life, we could recuperate the essence of this wonderful music. Enjoy !!!!!
Amazing !! Such classical features quite outstanding .
FOLLOW ME THOO !
Conan!
Beautiful.
carthan-colt o n
Thus song made it in alot of themes.
Love this song:-) we did the most epic ballet to this last week!:-D
christine.ha l l 8 8
Awesome! Brings me back to my college days when we performed Carmina Burana!
all of those and much more
No it's the song from the movie Excalibur
I thought it was a song used in Conan the Barbarian
Booooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o ! The don't read this because it actually works stuff is s**t. Dorchester doesn't have black magic that will happen to humans
This is so scary because it actually works!
Reminds me of the Rametep song in Young Sherlock Holmes
msjann6
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post this you will die in two days.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will cone not he screen in big letters.This is so scary because it actually works!
Reminds me of oni link teehee :3
Omg, Carmina Burana! I played this with my high school band! :,)
me_iesha_200 9
Jsprague- being Black has nothing to do with being stupid. Just because you see not so appealing artists that happen to be black doesn't automaticall y mean black is the cause of your dislike. There's plenty of diff 'color' idiots in pop culture.
tonysevenver o n a
jsprague1498 - I completely agree, sir! 'Merica has become a nation of uncultured, mewling idiots. Gangster mentality and thug life cannot compare to Beethoven, Busby Berkley, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. Stop fornicating meaninglessl y , indulging yourselves like Romans, and living to gratify your most base, immediate, shallow desires! We all should be ashamed of ourselves!!!
now this was music, now we have f**king Lil Wayne. When did being black and stupid become the it thing to follow. Dont follow the herd people, pull your pants up, read a book instead of watching teen mom 2, and listen to Wagner not Jay-Z
amorepizza
It was used in Conan the Barbarian
nir817
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 different songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
lori_neal0
Is this the Omen theme?
One word and one word only that can fully describe this song, Epicallyinte n s e l y p o w e r f u l l y e x t r e m e l e y g r e a t l y e n e r g e t i c a l l y a w e s o m e
i was writting a paper. soon as i heard it i switched back over. i know the name of it now.
i love this song so much!!!! :D





























love carmina burana! sang in it just a year ago, part of the children's choir at millennium park in Chicago. But really, tuna? O For Salmon!
The rapper Nas also sampled the intro on one of his songs.
This song gives me chills when its turned up.
bwise102
this is such a great song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! i love it!
He live to 87 years old. I was 17 when he died. I heard some of his music for years, and never knew, how it was.
winston_smit h 9 9
musica poetica; gassenahuer- - malick and tarantino love the guy's stuff
mark_duncan4
and Excalibur... .
mcathyharris 7
Please add CARMINA BURANA
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