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Carl Orff
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Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982) was a 20th-century German composer, most famous for Carmina Burana (1935/6). He was also successful and influential in the field of music education. Orff is best known for Carmina Burana (1935/6), a "scenic cantata". It is the first part of a trilogy that also includes Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. Carmina Burana reflected his interest in medieval German poetry. The trilogy as a whole is called Trionfi, or "Triumphs". The composer described it as the celebration of the triumph of the human spirit through sexual and holistic balance. The work was based on thirteenth-century poetry found in a manuscript dubbed the Codex latinus monacensis found in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in 1803 and written by the Goliards; this collection is also known as Carmina Burana. While "modern" in some of his compositional techniques, Orff was able to capture the spirit of the medieval period in this trilogy, with infectious rhythms and simple harmonies. The medieval poems, written in Latin and an early form of German, are often racy, but without descending into smut. "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi", commonly known as "O Fortuna", from Carmina Burana, is often used to denote primal forces. Orff was reluctant to term any of his works simply operas in the traditional sense. For example, he referred to his works Der Mond (The Moon, 1939) and Die Kluge (The Wise Woman, 1943) as Märchenopern ("fairytale operas"). Both compositions feature the same "timeless" sound, called timeless because they do not employ any of the musical techniques of the period in which they were composed, with the intent that they be difficult to define as belonging to a particular era. Their melodies, rhythms, and accompanying text form a unique union of words and music. About his Antigonae (1949), Orff said specifically that it was not an opera but rather a Vertonung, a "musical setting", of the ancient tragedy.

In pedagogical circles he is probably best remembered for his Schulwerk ("School Work"). Originally a set of pieces composed and published for the Güntherschule (which had students ranging from 12 to 22), this title was also used for his books based on radio broadcasts in Bavaria in 1949. These pieces are collectively called Musik für Kinder (Music for Children), and also use the term Schulwerk, and were written in collaboration with his former pupil, composer and educator Gunild Keetman, who actually wrote most of the settings and arrangements in the "Musik für Kinder" ("Music for Children") volumes. Orff's ideas were developed, together with Gunild Keetman, into a very innovative approach to music education for children, known as the "Orff Schulwerk". The music is elemental and combines movement, singing, playing, and improvisation.
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SLP 33110 Carl Orff - Chalmers Sångkörs Jubileums Skiva album art Chalmers Sångkör Odi Et Amo Chalmers Sångkör - Chalmers Sångkörs Jubileums Skiva(LP) Fabo SLP 33110 Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
LP-S-50-66 Carl Orff - Canta album art Orfeão Académico De Lisboa, César Batalha Ecce Gratum and 1 more… Orfeão Académico De Lisboa, César Batalha - Canta(LP, Album) Alvorada LP-S-50-66 Portugal 1971 Sell This Version
3-12-087510-4 Carl Orff - Sequenzen Musik Sekundarstufe 1   1. Folge album art No Artist Ödipus No Artist - Sequenzen Musik Sekundarstufe 1 1. Folge(LP, Album) Ernst Klett Stuttgart 3-12-087510-4 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
DMR/hm 1004-06, F 667.723 - 667.725 Carl Orff - Zeitgenössische Musik In Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2 (1945-1950) album art Various Antigonae (1947/48) Ein Trauerspiel Des Sophokles Nach Friedrich Hölderlin Various - Zeitgenössische Musik In Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2 (1945-1950)(3xLP + Box) Deutscher Musikrat, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMI Electrola DMR/hm 1004-06, F 667.723 - 667.725 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
T 214 Carl Orff - Klangspiele / Sound Plays album art Various Iam Ver Egelidos Chorsatz Aus (Chorus From and 2 more… Various - Klangspiele / Sound Plays(LP) Schott Wergo T 214 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Carl Orff - Cinema Weekend - Classics In Films album art Various Carmina Burana (1st Movement - 'O Fortuna') (as Orff) Various - Cinema Weekend - Classics In Films (Comp) Decca UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
763880 1 Carl Orff - Lo Mas Clasico album art Various O Fortuna Various - Lo Mas Clasico(2xLP, Album) La Voz De Su Amo 763880 1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
Carl Orff - Synthesizer Greatest - The Classical Masterpieces album art Ed Starink Carmina Burana Ed Starink - Synthesizer Greatest - The Classical Masterpieces (Album) Arcade Spain 1991 Sell This Version
0857545092 Various O fortuna (from Carmina Burana) Various - Va' Pensiero(CD, Album) EMI 0857545092 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
DICD 3771 Carl Orff - Indisc Present & Future album art Various O Fortuna Various - Indisc Present & Future(CD, Promo) Indisc DICD 3771 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
none Carl Orff - 3 CD - Klassische Musik zu den Filmen  album art Film Klassiker Carmina Burana - O fortuna Film Klassiker - 3 CD - Klassische Musik zu den Filmen (3xCD, Ltd) The Decca Record Company Limited none Germany 1992 Sell This Version
FES-1 Carl Orff - Klassieke Muziek, Van Traditie Naar Trend album art Various Carmina Burana: O Fortuna Various - Klassieke Muziek, Van Traditie Naar Trend(CD, Smplr) EMI FES-1 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
515 600-5 Carl Orff - The Ultimate DCC Collection album art Various From Carmina Burana : Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi - O Fortuna Various - The Ultimate DCC Collection(DCC, Promo, Smplr) PolyGram Special Projects 515 600-5 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
EXL-2-4202 Carl Orff - The Sampler album art Various Cantiones Profane For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi Uf Dem Anger Various - The Sampler(CD) Excelsior EXL-2-4202 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
438 555-2 Carl Orff - Classic Supersonic album art Various Carmina Burana - O Fortuna Various - Classic Supersonic(2xCD) Philips 438 555-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
MBS CD 421/4 Carl Orff - Classical Film Themes Vol.4 album art Various Carmina Burana, O Fortuna Various - Classical Film Themes Vol.4(CD, Album) Castle Communications PLC MBS CD 421/4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SMK 66604 Carl Orff - Klassische Momente (Musik Für Die Wichtigsten Momente Im Leben) album art Placido Domingo Carmina Burana - O Fortuna (as Orff) Placido Domingo - Klassische Momente (Musik Für Die Wichtigsten Momente Im Leben)(CD) Sony Classical SMK 66604 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
7243 5 68141 2 7 Carl Orff - Favourite Choral Classics album art Various Ecce Gratum Various - Favourite Choral Classics(CD, Album) Classics For Pleasure, EMI 7243 5 68141 2 7 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PYCD 353 Various Carmina Burana - Fortune 'empress Of The World' Various - Classic Thunder(CD, Album) New Sound 1 PYCD 353 UK 1996 Sell This Version
2894588582 Carl Orff - The Beautiful Voice album art Renée Fleming Carmina Burana: In Trutina Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice(CD) Decca 2894588582 US 1998 Sell This Version
459 372-2 Carl Orff - Bang & Olufsen (B&o) Famous Conductors With Great Recordings album art Various Carmina Burana Various - Bang & Olufsen (B&o) Famous Conductors With Great Recordings(CD, Album) Deutsche Grammophon 459 372-2 Denmark 1998 Sell This Version
CPG 1998202 Carl Orff - Aangenaam... Klassiek - Editie 1998 album art Various Carmina Burana: and 2 more… Various - Aangenaam... Klassiek - Editie 1998(CD, Smplr) Stichting CPG CPG 1998202 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
465 625 2 Carl Orff - Les Plus Grands Classiques Du Siècle album art Various Carmina Burana O Fortuna Various - Les Plus Grands Classiques Du Siècle(2xCD, box) Decca 465 625 2 France 1999 Sell This Version
14 720 Various Carmina Brrana: O Fortuna Various - Great Choral Classics(CD) LaserLight Digital 14 720 US 1999 Sell This Version
5665 Carl Orff - Best Of Classic album art Various Cour D'Amour and 5 more… Various - Best Of Classic(4xCD) Selected Sound Carrier 5665 Germany 1999 Sell This Version