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Carmina Burana

posted Nov 16, 2013, 10:33 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Nov 16, 2013, 10:33 AM ]
This Friday, November 15th, I’m singing Carmina Burana at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale.

The original Latin, German and French manuscript is a collection of several hundred poems with topics still relevant today: the fickleness of fortune and wealth; the heightened moods springtime evokes; and the pleasure and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. It was written in the 11th – 13th centuries by traveling students and ex-monks that had left their studies to pursue life’s pleasures, and remained undiscovered in a Bavarian Benedictine monastery until 1803. In the mid-1930’s, German composer Carl Orff set 24 of these poems to music for chorus, soloists, orchestra or two pianos, and 21 percussion instruments! The movement that opens and closes the piece, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (“O Fortuna”) has been widely used in films and television; as well as commercials. Numerous sports teams also use it, and it’s been rearranged and recorded by more than fifty bands!

The first half of the concert features music by Leonard Bernstein: "Bon Voyage" and "The Lisbon Scene" from Candide; "New York, New York" and "Lucky to be Me" from On The Town; "Spring Song", "Court Song" and "Soldier’s Song" from Lark; "Somewhere" from West Side Story and "Israfel" from Songfest. For ticket information, call (212) 333-5333 or visit nationalchorale.org.