O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff misheard

Posted: May 5, 2008 in funny
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I have always loved the music of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana ever since I saw a version on BBC2 back in the day. A rollicking good piece. So here we have someone who has seriously misheard the lyrics. Very funny.
Carmina Burana also known as the Burana Codex, is a manuscript collection, found in 1803 in the Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuern, and now housed in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. The 119 leaves of the original collection contain 228 poems compiled by three different scribes.
Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (“Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images.”) Carmina Burana is part of Trionfi, the musical triptych that also includes the cantata Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. The best-known movement is “O Fortuna” that opens and closes the piece.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Strange… This song is so young! I think I wasn’t the only one but many other people thinks that Carmina Burana was composed by Mozart(the numbers in lastfm don’t lie). I just discovered that it was created by Carl Orff a few months ago.

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