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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.
This isn't your typical "wheel of fortune."
One of the major events of FLEFF's programming is the performance of Carmina Burana - a cantata that consists of medieval poetry (written in Latin) set to music composed in the later 1930s. If you haven't heard it, I definitely recommend listening to it - it's a moving set of pieces (you've probably heard parts of it before) that are powerful and beautiful to listen to.
As somebody who has a background in classical music, I always enjoy getting the chance to explore new pieces of music. When I sat down to listen to Carmina Burana, I was surprised with how familiar I already was with some of the music. "O Fortuna!" is probably the most recognizable piece from the cantata.
I loved all of the music, but what I find most interesting about Carmina Burana is the symbolism behind the piece. Carmina Burana is about the Wheel of Fortune - a medieval, philosophical concept that shows the cycle of life as a wheel. At one moment, a person may be at the top. At another, a person may be at the bottom.
This is reflected prominently in the music with how the melodies and volumes change throughout Carmina Burana. I found the cantata to be easy to listen to because of this, and it's a piece that definitely consumes your attention.
You can listen to the full cantata here, and I definitely recommend doing so.
I'm excited for the FLEFF performance because instead of a full chorus, there will be brass instruments - like saxophones and trombones. Have you listened to Carmina Burana yet?