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Carmina Burana

posted Nov 14, 2015, 6:15 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Nov 14, 2015, 6:16 PM ]
This Friday, November 20
th at Lincoln Center, I’m singing Carmina Burana with the National Chorale. Still the most popular secular choral work of the 21st century, 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. Written in the 11th – 13th centuries by traveling students and ex-monks that had left their studies to pursue life’s pleasures, it remained undiscovered in a Bavarian Benedictine monastery until 1803. In the mid-1930’s, 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; television; commercials and by sports teams.

To purchase tickets, call (212) 333-5333 or visit nationalchorale.com. And if you’d rather sing with a choir than just listen to one, join ours that sings at the 11:45
AM Mass! There's no audition necessary and you don't need any musical experience or knowledge! Or consider our Resurrection Choir that gathers to sing at funerals. There are no rehearsals, so it’s ideal if your schedule is limited but you still want to be involved in a parish ministry. You can learn more about these on our Ensembles page.