Carmina Commencing

While we are together, let the festivities begin.


Carmina Burana

A celebration piece

  • The name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th-13th century
    The Carmina Burana contains numerous poetic descriptions of a raucous medieval paradise

Musical performance

Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’

  • Carl Orff’s 1937 composition Carmina Burana remains one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire.
  • The composition begins and ends with a single song “O Fortuna” named for (the Roman goddess of luck and fate), from the movement “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
  • It is based on the idea of the turning Fortuna Wheel. “the symbol of the cyclically driven fate of the universe”
  • “Regnabo, Regno, Regnavi, Sum sine regno”. (I shall reign, I reign, I have reigned, I am without a realm)
  • Legend says the poems were discovered in an abbey near Munich in the early part of the 20th century. They were written by defrocked monk and minstrels
  • Controversy exist about who actually wrote the body of these poems. It might have been some young monastery students nights before they must give up so many pleasures and their life was to forever change. There are several paeans in this work to the tavern life.
  • Some featured lyric translations


  • Estuans interius – translates into burning inside.
  • Dulcissime – sweetest one I give myself to you totally.
  • This famous piece has inspired countless others to produce their own versions, from countless movie scores, metal bands, holiday performances, to rappers like Naz and Puff Daddy.
  • PUFF DADDY “You can hate me now.”
  • SUB the electronica artist
  • Currently one of the best-known 20th century piece, excerpts are found in many movie trailers, commercials to sell products and thematic film scenes
  • The work is divided into three parts, titled Spring, In the Tavern, and Love
  • ‘O Fortuna – is the last part it’s most noticeable of the composition and is about fate and fortune


It’s a spectacle. Orff wanted it to be a piece for all of the senses: to hear the voice, to hear the words, to be surrounded by the orchestra with two pianos
Originally it was envisioned to have a dance element and a theater element

He combines elements from Stravinsky and the style of monks in the monastery which sound like a Gregorian chant

Carl Orff went from being known as a music educator to the composer of Carmina Burana. And although he wrote lots of other music, he is forever identified pretty much as the composer of Carmina Burana.

Three other known works are Love, Lust and Drinking Stir ‘Carmina’

25 tracks

The subject matter covered in Carminastays pretty basic: love, lust, the pleasures of drinking and the heightened moods evoked by springtime

The Latin and old German texts, hide the very lascivious lyrics. (Veni Veni Venias!)

The music’s style is equally inclusive, ranging from simple chant to almost rock-inspired rhythmic sections. The opening and closing tracks, both titled “O Fortuna,” mirror each other: They begin with all forces at full throttle, then immediately scale back in an ominous warning repetition that builds to a climactic close.

Carmina Burana has enjoyed popularity and longevity, in large part due to its remarkable crossover ability: Excerpts have been widely used in movie trailers and television commercials throughout the world