Conductor: Stephen Razo

April 21, 2016

Moreno Valley Conference Center

"All the colors of the musical spectrum will fill the hall as we perform music that will highlight the diversity of sound that only a wind symphony can provide. And with Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” bringing it to a close…it will be Bandtastic!"

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A Note from Dr. Rob...

Carmina Burana is really an old gal, and quite the naughty one at that.
The original manuscript of 254 medieval poems (and dramatic texts) dates from the 11th or 12th Centuries, but was not codified until 1230.
The poems were mostly written by students who satirized the Catholic Church. Of course, today young people would never make fun of the “establishment”!
The manuscript consists of 55 songs of “morals and mockery”; 131 love songs; and 41 drinking and gaming songs---with a couple of spiritual theater texts thrown in to keep the lady’s reputation from being too tawdry.
Other frequently recurring themes include: critiques of greed in the church, lamentations about the ebb and flow of human fate or about death; pastoral songs about the seduction of shepherdesses by knights, students or clergymen (surely not clergymen); and Ovid's love poems. Ovid (The 1st Century Roman) and especially his erotic elegies were reproduced, imitated and exaggerated in the Carmina Burana. Must have been those wacky students again !
In Carl Orff’s cantata (composed in 1935-6), the selection of songs covers a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st century: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of DRINKING, GAMBLING, GLUTTONY AND LUST !
I told you Carmina could be a naughty girl !

2016 By R. J. Robinson, PhD All rights reserved

Robert Robinson brings his insightful viewpoints to our webpage after having served five years as our concert master of ceremonies. “Dr. Rob” will highlight a particular number programmed for each concert that ensures we don’t miss his educational and entertaining teachings! Enjoy and see you at our next performance!

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Carmina Burana
Carl Orff

transcribed Krance

1. O Fortuna, velut Luna

    O Fortune, variable as the moon

2.  Fortune plango vulnera

    I lament Fortune’s blows

3.  Ecce gratum

    Behold the spring    

4. Tanz – Uf dem anger

    Dance – On the lawn

6.  Were diu werlt alle min

    Were the world all mine

8.  Ego sum abbas

    I am the Abbot

9.  In taberna quando sumus

    When we are in the tavern

12.  Ave formosissima

     Hail to thee, most beautiful

13.  Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi

     Fortune, Empress of the World