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Carmina Burana

| Carmina Burana |

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We open this season’s magnificent Davidson Classical Series with a matched pair of masterworks. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in its virtuoso orchestration by Maurice Ravel, opens the program, followed by Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s gripping rendition of medieval poetry.

“In my opinion, Carl Orff’s most important contribution to music is not Carmina Burana, but his philosophy of music education known as Orff-Schulwerk. It has become ubiquitous and international.” – Nicolas Pappone, HSO Principal Violin II

If you’ve ever sung and danced in first grade music class, that’s Orff.
If you ever banged on a little plastic xylophone or drum, that’s Orff.

His affection for teaching music to children is crucial to understanding his music.

“In Orff-Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. –The American-Orff Schulwerk Association

You must have a childlike awe of the fantastical to appreciate Carmina Burana.  This is why this music speaks to you viscerally — it is designed to feel good in your body.

If you were an enthusiastic first grader and you banged that toy drum a little too hard, Orff would have smiled at you, not scolded.

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