BEST EVER O Fortuna - Carl Orff Carmina Burana Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982) was a 20th-century German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana (1937). The cacophonic masterpiece that is O Fortuna was written in 1935 by German composer Carl Orff and is the opening and closing movements to Carmina Burana. It premiered at Frankfurt in Nazi Germany 1937. Originally designed by Orff as a concert with dancers and staging.
Mixing monk-like chant, angelic arias, writhing rhythms, raucous lyrics and raw visceral power, Orff’s Carmina Burana is an intoxicating powerhouse of a piece for over 200 instrumentalists and voices on a program with Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Military.