Something Orff’ly Flashy

Carmina Burana is a centuries-spanning collection of medieval poems and songs, most of them rather earthy.

In 1936, Carl Orff set twenty-four of them to gorgeously textured music. It’s the general consensus among people who know about these things that he did a pretty good job.

“O Fortuna” is probably the one everyone recognizes—I think at one point there was a Hollywood town law mandating that any movie containing broadswords and/or slow-moving violence had to set at least one scene to this particular piece—and it never fails to give me goosebumps, no matter where and when I hear it:*

I think the confetti cannons are a nice touch. But there’s something about The Piano Guys version . . .

Pure adrenaline in musical form.

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*Heard this version over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books yesterday and promptly swiped it.

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11 thoughts on “Something Orff’ly Flashy

  1. Carmina Burana features prominently in one of my shelved novels. Its been 12 years, but I still remember this:

    Fortune plango vulnera stilantibus ocellis. Quod sua michi munera subtrahit rebellis.

    I bemoan the wounds of fortune with weepin eyes, for the gifts she gave me she perversely takes away.

    🙂

  2. The DSM Symphony is doing Carmina Burana in April. I think I’m going to go. (They’re having an incredible season this year… started off with Scheherezade, which was magnificent!)

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