One of the most recognizable 20th century major work is Carl Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana. The text is a collection of songs about wine, women and love – based on poems in Latin, Old German and Old French from a manuscript dated 1280 found in the Benedictine monastery of Beuren. Carmina Burana was an instantaneous success at its first performance at Frankfurt in 1937. The driving rhythm and fundamental musical instincts allow listeners to respond immediately. In some ways, the work is barbaric and pagan and very potent. It’s one of those pieces that are as much fun to sing as to listen to!
Workshop July 25-31 at Holy Trinity, August 3-8 at TMHS
Performance is August 8th, 7:30pm at TMHS