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Classical Composers A-Z: Carl Orff

Peter Wintersgill presents a potted biography of Carl Orff, the composer of Carmina Burana.

Born
10th July, 1895, in Munich.

Adolescence
Studied at Munich Academy.

Adult Life
Joined the army in 1914. Returned to study further at Munich with Kaminsky. In 1924 he founded the Gunther School there, becoming interested in teaching children music and gymnastic dancing, with voice and percussion.
Published a book on his experiences "Das
Schulwerk".

Made arrangements of Monteverdi's operas, especially L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

In 1937 he wrote his only important work Carmina Burana, when he discounted all his previously written works. Originally written for the stage it is now usually given in a concert version.

His works were influenced by Stravinsky, showing primitive rhythmic patterns and having a part for a speaker.

He died 29th March, 1982, in Munich, aged 86.

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