MS Choir Listening Journal #4

MS Choir Listening Journal #4
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Students listen to a recording of "O Fortuna" (Orff's Carmina Burana- Youtube) and answer questions relating to diction, dynamics, etc. Background I gave prior to the recording: "Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a German composer who lived all his life in Munich. He was convinced that everybody had within them an innate musical ability and that this ability needs to be nurtured from childhood. He developed a music teaching method, children's musical instruments and an entire new concept of music performance. His idea was of the Total Theatre, combining music, words, visual design, movement and dance to overwhelm the senses. When he was given a copy of the Carmina Burana, a manuscript containing over 250 poems, he knew he had found the perfect vehicle to bring his concept to life. In 1937, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was born. He described his composition as “secular songs for soloists and choruses, accompanied by instruments and magic images”. A simple concert rendition of Carmina Buranamisses half the fun. Of the 250 poems in the manuscript, Orff selected just 24 to set to music. They describe everything from religious devotion to love and gluttony. Orff's Carmina Burana opens with the stunning and famous O Fortuna, its text is a medieval resigned acceptance of the Wheel of Fortune as the determiner of one's fate. This piece alone is so familiar to the general public, having been used in many movies and commercials that they may not even know that it comes from a much larger work of classical music."
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