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Carmina Burana

Hosted by the Consul of the Madrid Opera and Classical Music Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Tue 30 Oct 19:30 - 21:00

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Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century,
Carmina Burana, cycle of anonymous poems found in the Benediktbeuern Abbey of Bavaria, is a collection of cheerful songs by medieval Goliards, i.e, monks retired from benedictine abbeys. Based on this collection, Carl Orff composed for them a musical score that for half a century has had a huge success, both in form of ballet and of symphonic chorale
On this occasion it will be performed by the Orchestra and chorus of the Comunidad de Madrid directed by Víctor Pablo Pérez. Over Protected content of amateur choirs performing this iconic work will participate in this concert.
The tickets can be acquired in the Auditorio Nacional ticket office or in the following link:
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After the concert, we will meet in one of the multiple bars in the area to comment the concert. Do not miss it!!

The name has Latin roots – 'Carmina' means 'songs', while 'Burana' is the Latinised form of Beuren, the name of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria.
So,”Carmina Burana” translates as Songs Of Beuren, and refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in Protected content although it has since been established that the collection originated from Seckau Abbey, Austria – and is now housed in the Bavarian State Library.
The songs (over Protected content them) were written in a mix of Latin, German and medieval French by the Goliards, a band of poet-musicians comprising scholars and clerical students, who celebrated with earthy humour the joys of the tavern, nature, love and lust. Although Orff set the original texts, he chose not to use the primitive musical notation that accompanied some of the songs.
The collection was first published in Germany in Protected content , but it wasn’t until Protected content Orff came across the texts; a selection had been translated into English and formed part of a publication called Wine, Women And Song.
With the help of Michael Hofmann, a law student and Latin scholar, Orff chose 24 songs and set them to music in what he termed a “scenic cantata”.
Carmina Buranais divided into three sections – Springtime, In the Tavern and The Court Of Love – preceded by and ending with an invocation to Fortune. Written between Protected content Protected content soloists, choruses and orchestra, it was originally conceived as a choreographed stage work.
It was in this form that it was first heard on June 8, Protected content , in Frankfurt, under its full title Carmina Burana: Cantiones Profanae Cantoribus Et Choris Cantandae Comitantibus Instrumentis Atque Imaginibus Magicis (Songs Of Beuren: Secular Songs For Singers And Choruses To Be Sung Together With Instruments And Magic Images).
After the triumphant premiere of Carmina Burana, Orff, then 41, wrote to his publishers: “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, published, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana my collected works begin.” However, nothing Orff subsequently wrote ever came close to approaching the popularity of Carmina Burana.