Saturday, January 15, 2011

Musical Saturday - O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

I'm not sure where this spectacular video of a performance of Carl Orff's music was produced. The notes on the video do not provide that information, but the concert presented here is so wondrous that it makes me dream of attending such an event someday.

I really am roused by powerful music like this. This music is used splendidly in that old King Arthur film Excalibur. Orff was inspired by Medieval poems written in Latin and German, and his creations summon the epic struggles of that distant age. He really makes music you can swing a sword to.

The broad appeal of Carl Orff's compositions emphasize his talent. According to Wikipedia, Orff was a self taught composer. The passion he had for music is astoundingly obvious in his work.

Enjoy the video.