His version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ein Sommernachtstraum, debuted in 1939 but was revised by Orff a total of six times over the next four decades. It is part of , a musical that includes and. He was born on 10 July 1895 as Carl Heinrich Maria Orff. Luke Passion, which set the story of Christ among southern German peasantry. Although Orff set the original texts, he chose not to use the primitive musical notation that accompanied some of the songs. Orff drew his text from a 13th-century manuscript containing songs and plays written in and , which was discovered in 1803 at the Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuern. Orff also adapted the works of others besides Monteverdi and Grimm.
He also enjoyed holding puppet shows at home. The popularity of the work has ensured the creation of many additional arrangements for a variety of performing forces. His star sign was Cancer. Some of the solo arias pose bold challenges for singers: the only solo tenor aria, Olim lacus colueram, is often sung almost completely in to demonstrate the suffering of the character in this case, a roasting swan. Also noted is the solo soprano aria, Dulcissime which demands extremely high notes.
Early Career After his graduation, in 1915 he began to take piano lessons from Hermann Zilcher. O Fortuna velut luna statu variabilis, semper crescis aut decrescis; vita detestabilis nunc obdurat et tunc curat ludo mentis aciem, egestatem, potestatem dissolvit ut glaciem. It was originally released by the label in 1998 and re-released in 2005. One of his last works was written for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games held in Munich. Carl Orff started to take piano lessons from his mother at the age of five. In 1934, when the Munich Bach Society came increasingly under the control of a Nazi group, the Kampfbund, Orff resigned his director's post.
Orchestras for Orff's compositions usually consisted of a heavy percussion section and banks of pianos, with their pianists instructed in the notation to smash the keys with vigor. The musical notation in his first work was set down his mother. Facts about Carl Orff 10: an opera composition Gisei, das Opfer was an opera composed by Orff in the following year. He died of cancer in 1982. It is considered as a unique work of Orff due to the unusual orchestration and instrument combination. Orff wrote the treatise Schulwerk, which explained these theories and gave teachers a curriculum of songs and activities employing German folk songs and poetry.
Carmina Burana premiered to American audiences in the late 1950s, and won Orff great acclaim. It was first performed in Frankfurt on 8 June 1937. Orff also developed easy- to-learn percussion instruments to use in the program. This is chant the cosmos might sing to itself, as impersonal as a landslide or a tidal wave. The element disappears, and only the remains.
After the war, he continued composing. After the war, he began to work freelance. Many of his friends now took him to be a Nazi collaborator. As with Carmina Burana, Orff enjoyed the challenge of adapting works from unusual sources. Education: Received degree from the Akademie der Tonkunst Academy of Music , Munich, 1915; studied with Heinrich Kaminski, early 1920s. Idee und Werk in German. A notable exception is the version which features strobe lights and what appears to be flames engulfing the stage, wings and balconies, pulsing intensely in time to the music.
It is here that modern performances of Carmina Burana fall short of Orff's intentions. Latin O Fortune choir 2. Amor volat undique Latin Love flies everywhere soprano, boys' choir 16. As with Carmina Burana, Orff enjoyed the challenge of adapting works from unusual sources. © Fidula Publishing House, Boppard, Germany Although some of the verses were accompanied by , confirming that they were indeed meant to be sung, that notation remained largely undeciphered, leaving Orff free to imagine his own musical settings. Within each scene, and sometimes within a single movement, the wheel of fortune turns, joy turning to bitterness, and hope turning to grief. Carl Orff Works Facts about Carl Orff 9: the unfinished work of Orff The unfinished work of Orff was Zarathustra, Op.
In 1947, it was published in a memorial collection for Huber. The din it makes has all but obliterated its maker. He continued to adapt the work of the Greek dramatists during the latter years of his career; Prometheus after Aeschylus , debuted in Stuttgart in 1966. I shall reign, I reign, I have reigned, I am without a realm. His paternal grandfather converted to Christian, and they became Roman Catholics. The itself toggles between huge and a single , juxtaposing majesty and intimacy with ease. Hac in hora sine mora corde pulsum tangite; quod per sortem sternit fortem, mecum omnes plangite! He graduated from Munich's music academy, the Akademie der Tonkunst in 1914, and at the age of 20 took a job as the assistant Kapellmeister, or orchestra conductor, at the famed Muenchener Kammerspiele.