Karl Orff is known for two things: a special way of teaching children to music, and another by Carmina Burana.
Carmina Burana, or Borana’s writings, is an old book written by several different poets in different centuries and composer Orf on it.
We have heard the first part of this work in the name of the Queen of the World. The power, immortality and greatness that is present in this section is really unimaginable.
Carl Orff chose Carmina Burana as her career and ordered her publisher to destroy all her previous works. Fortunately, the order was not fulfilled …
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!

Honored by John Williams of England. Boston Symphony Orchestra

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