CARMINA BURANA: INTRODUCTION (O FORTUNA)

14 DE JULHO DE 2013

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis.
vita detestabilis,
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat;
ludo mentis aciem,
egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
obumbrata
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!
The cacophonic masterpiece that is O Fortuna was written by German composer Carl Orff in 1935 and is the opening and closing movements to Orf’s Carmina Burana. It premiered at Frankfurt in Nazi Germany in 1937. Originally designed by Orff as a concert with dancers and staging Carmina Burana later morphed into the concert hall cantata we know today. Carl Orff permitted commercial use of the piece where it reached mainstream audiences on TV and Cinema throughout the 60’s & 70’s in particular the UK ‘Old Spice’ ocean surfer adverts.
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Carl Orff – O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Carl Orff – Oh Da Hangt Den Mond (Der Mond)
This fantastic American orchestra & choir’s rendition of O Fortuna seems to have blasted all other contenders out of the water. Bravo!
Carl Orff died in 1982 aged 87 and is buried in Andechs just south of his home town Munich.

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