German composer Carl Orff was born in 1895 in Munich in a line of Bavarian military officers. His compositional style changed after he joined the army in 1917. In 1930 he wrote Catulli Carmina I and in 1931 Catulli Carmina II. These were Latin texts for unaccompanied choir. Later, he was appointed conductor to Bach Society of Munich. In the years 1935-36 he wrote Carmina Burana, which was first performed in 1937. Of it, he said, "Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin." Orff died in 1982 and is buried in Andechs, Germany.
Filmography, biography, other works, and links at IMDb.
Carl Orff (1895-1982)
Russell McNeil's Malaspina Great Books list of Library of Congress citations for the composer.
Catulli Carmina: Praelusio -- Commentary and Translation
Commentary on and English translation of part of one of Orff's lesser known works.
Classic Cat: Orff
Directory of mp3s on the internet that have been made available by their performing artists.
Classical Archives: Carl Orff
Biography and works.
Orff, Carl (1895 - 1982), Germany
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, links to biographical essays, and commentary on his musical instruction methods from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
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