The Carmina Burana By Keting Yang

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The Carmina Burana
Keting Yang
The composer
Orff Carl, born July 10, 1895 at Munich Germany and died March 29 1982. He is known for his operas and his contribution and innovation to children’s music education. After studying at the Munich Academy of Music under Heinrich Kaminski, he conducted in Munich, Mannheim and Darmstadt. Including his best known secular oratorio Carmina Burana, his trilogy is completed with Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. Before wirting the Carmina Burana, he edited 17th century operas and published a manual, named “Schulwerk” to describe his method of conducting in 1930.
Social context
When Orff first read the Carmina Burana in 1935, he was deeply shocked. He used his strong and enthusiasm melody to give this magical poem a completely new and eternal live.
The Nazi Party dominated Germany from 1933 to 1945, through totalitarian means, which means during Orff Carl’s life time, there are two main epochs politically—under the Nazi Party and not.
Even though Orff may despise the Nazis for their lack of aesthetic sensibility, he kept that mind to himself. The Carmina Burana achieved a huge success and Hitler loves this piece particularly, it was exploited in propaganda because the innate power generated from the pounding rhythms. After the Nazi’s domination was crashed, the new government took a long time to accept it, since it was once considered a symbol of Nazi.
The poem
Orff came across the 1847 edition of Carmina Burana by Johann Andreas

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