The Goddess – Carmina Burana!

Carl Orff’s authorized version for two pianos & percussion

March 11-14, 2021

True Concord Choir, Soloists & Chamber Players

Purchase Single Tickets:

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM

at Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM

at Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM

at Catalina Foothills High School

Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM

at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Simple Melodies   —   Pulsing Rhythms

Exuberant  —  Lustful Joy

Medieval love lyrics, exuberant drinking songs, sinner’s ‘confessions’, hymns to gambling and gluttony, a litany to Lady Luck, sex in song…WHO WROTE THIS WORK?!

Composer Carl Orff took 25 verses from a collection of 13th-century poems, discovered in the early 20th century in an abbey near Munich, Germany.

And the poets? They called themselves ‘goliards’ (mostly defrocked monks and minstrels), said to have been ‘better known for their rioting, gambling and intemperance than for their scholarship,’ along with their satirical voices. The poems amount to an uninhibited celebration of the pleasures of life, bed, bawdiness and, particularly, love.

Lady Fortuna
Fortuna depicted in Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy.
Illustration from Codex Buranus manuscript
Illustration from Codex Buranus manuscript

Rock Anthem of the Classical World…
The tenor voice of a tortured swan roasting over a fire…
One of the most breathtaking 40 seconds ever written for a soprano…
THIS is a performance you will not want to miss!

Orff’s settings throb with youth and unrestrained exuberance, using simple melodies and pulsing rhythms. Unselfconsciously direct, the words combine Christian piety with pagan hedonism – a medieval approach to life and mortality.

You may know the version for full orchestra, boys chorus and large choir. True Concord brings you into the action with this colorful chamber version, authorized by Orff, for choir, two pianos and percussion.

If all the World were mine, from the sea to the Rhine, I would do without it, if the Queen of England would lie in my arms. Hey!

Goliard poem from Carmina Burana