Carl Orff (1895-1982)
Premiered at the Frankfurt Opera on 8 June 1937, the scenic cantata Carmina Burana is part of the Carl Orff (1895-1982) trilogy that includes Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. Inspired on 24 poems written in medieval Latin, the piece speaks of the flickeness of wealth, the pleasures of drinking, gambling and the joy for the return of Spring. Soon after its premiere, Carmina Burana became a very popular piece. It begins and ends with O fortuna, an instantly recognized theme all over the world.