Performances
Carmina Burana
Music by Carl Orff

Ballet in one act.
Running time − 45 min.

Choreographed by Mai Murdmaa (Estonia).
Set Designer − Boris Golodnitsky.
Costume Designer − Tatiana Isycheva.
Lighting Designer − Anatoly Nikolaev.

 

Premiere − November 13, 2008.

Carmina Burana − manuscript collection of poetry, also known as the Codex Buranus. It is the largest known now a collection of poetry vagrants or golidars, − medieval wandering poets, mainly from among the clergy or the students. Drafted in the South of Germany in the 13th century, has more than 200 poems.

In 1935, the German composer Carl Orff put 24 poems to music, also called Carmina Burana.

«Carmina Burana» is the first part of the triptych «Trionfo» by Orff, which also includes «Catulli Carmina» and «Trionfo di Afrodite».

The storyline of scenic cantata shaky and is associative. The song and orchestra numbers represent contrasting pictures diverse and multi-faceted life: in some praised the joy of life, happiness, unbridled joy, the beauty of the spring nature, love the passion, in other − tough life of the monks and stray students, satirical attitude to their own existence. But the main philosophical core of the cantata is a reflection on the changeable and powerful human fate − Fortuna.

Online translation (July 3, 2012)

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