Saturday, May 19, 2012

Feel The Beat

On this classical weekend Saturday, Mrs. B and I will be attending the final concert of the season for the Houston Symphony. Never fear, we are about to receive in the mail, next season's classical concert tickets. Looking at what is in store, it might be the best series of concerts we have ever attended. It will be special, as it will mark the end of Hans Graff as maestro of the Houston Symphony.

The symphony concert tonight will be more than just a concert. It will be an experience, I am sure.  We are looking forward to it as we have never experienced what we are about to see. Carl Orff's exciting cantata, Carmina Burana. This is a percussion thumping piece for symphony and choir based on 24 poems from the medieval collection known as Carmina Burana.

Carmina Burana has 25 short movements, the best known of which opens and closes the piece, called  "O Fortuna".  I will guarantee you have heard this exciting, dramatic, pounding theme in the movies, television commercials, and other popular culture forms.

My favorite movement is the second movement, called 'Fortune Plango Vulnera.'  I love the four note bold trumpet pronouncement that you hear in that movement. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy the experience of what will be played in Jones Hall tonight.  Feel the beat.

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, movement 1, 'O Fortuna':




Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, movement 2, Fortune Plango Vulnera:





Carl Orff: Carmina Burana: Movement 24, Ave Formosissima and the Finale, Reprise of 'O Fortuna':


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