Carmina Burana – March 17, 2019
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University
©Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director, Princeton Pro Musica
More than eighty years ago in Frankfurt – June 8, 1937 – a cantata by Carl Orff, which would become one of the most beloved and enduring of the choral masterworks of all time, was seen and heard for the first time: Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae contoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (“Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images”). That proper title is a mouthful, but it reveals several things about Carmina’s origins and its composer’s intent.