The State Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Ukraine perform this 1935 cantanta by German composer Carl Orff, who dedicated much of his life to musical education for children. He took 24 of the 254 medieval Latin poems from the Carmina Burana collection, which was written by 13th-century Catholic poets and priests, and set their words to orchestral accompaniment. The cantanta’s opening movement, 'O Fortuna', is a widely-recognised piece of classical music, yet many people do not know that it comes from this collection of songs. Orff’s selected poems deal with issues including fortune, drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust, being both a celebration of hedonism and a nod towards fate and judgement. The evening’s programme also features Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 'Ode to Joy'.
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