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Posted by Amber Thibault at 6:51PM   |  4 comments
Camina Burana score cover featuring the Wheel of Fortuna

Blog post written by Amber Thibault, Cinema and Photography ’15, FLEFF Intern, Lewiston, Maine.

I was doing homework in my dorm, listening to Carmina Burana and, all of a sudden I started to feel uneasy. I didn't know why. I lifted my foot that was dangling off the bed and tucked it under me, preventing the monster from my childhood from snatching my foot and dragging me under the bed for a snack. I felt like something was creeping up on me. I looked behind me, nothing there. What was this feeling? I looked to my door expecting someone to barge in. Nothing. Why was I feeling like this? Then the cymbals crashed and thousands of men on horse charged into my room! 

Ok, that part did actually happen but if Carmina Burana can evoke that powerful of a feeling in me through the weak speakers of my computer just imagine what it can do to an audience member during a live concert! 

Carmina Burana is an exciting and dangerous sounding piece of music that evokes all types of emotions in it's listeners. Written by Carl Orff and based on poems and dramatic texts written by medieval student vagabonds were fed up with the Catholic Church and spoke out against all authority! You can feel their angst, anger, sweat and tears as tiptoed around Fate and his games. Come with them on their journey to climb to the highest heights and swim to the deepest depths. You won't be disappointed.

If you are a music fanatic or just someone who appreciates good music, the Carmina Burana concert is the FLEFF event for you! Featuring sixteen trombones, a baritone singer, a flautist, and a violinist, this is going to be arguably the most adventure filled night at FLEFF!

How can this be? Classical music isn't fun…or is it? What has been your experience with classical music in the past?


4 Comments

I love the way you described the way the music made you feel in the first paragraph. Mr. Orff is not the only one evoking emotion with his works.

Thanks Dad. Love you!

Great metaphors! That's very similar to how I felt when I first listened to the piece. I really appreciate the background you gave, it's definitely helpful for those who don't know. It's clear to see how appropriate the piece is on a college campus!

Oh yes it is! Although without a bit of research it's easy to see how it can be written off as just another classical music concert.



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