Göteborgs Konserthus Carmina Burana

A grand event with the Autumn Holiday Choir and the Autumn Holiday Orchestra under the direction of Kim Phipps.

Concert length: 1 h incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
75 SEK

The Autumn Holiday Choir and the Autumn Holiday Orchestra present the magnificent work Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, which is based on texts about life’s pleasures and adversities. Kim Phipps is the conductor.   

 Be a part of the choir and orchestra 

During the autumn holidays every year, young singers and musicians from West Sweden meet in Gothenburg’s Concert Hall. During the course, you develop vocally and stage-wise, and get to work with professional singers and educators in one of the world’s finest concert halls.  
Join us too – a guaranteed energy injection where you develop and get to know even more people who love music! 


CARL ORFF (1895-1982) CARMINA BURANA Fortuna imperatrix mundi I Primo vere II In taberna III Cour d'amours Blanziflor et Helena Fortuna imperatrix mundi During the 1930s, Carl Orff was one of the most noted composers in Germany. Much of his fame came with Carmina burana which was composed in 1935-1936. Its subtitle reads "secular songs for soli and choir accompanied by orchestra and with magical images" - a scenography of a medieval kind where evocative paintings and decorations in concert with the large choir create an overwhelming impression. Carmina burana was first performed in Frankfurt am Main in 1937, given at La Scala in 1942 and shortly afterwards also in Vienna, but despite this Orff only became more widely known as a composer after the war. The music was not like anything else, it felt original and stood outside contemporary trends and schools. His musical inspiration can be said to have its roots in the dramatic imagery, with Greek tragedy and Italian baroque opera as two major sources of inspiration. Musically, there is a closer influence: Stravinsky's dramatic cantata Oedipus Rex and above all Les noces - rhythmically marked music of a deliberately simple style with a sparse orchestral movement (lots of percussion) and the choir as basic elements. Orff's work often grew out of a combined vision of the scenic and the musical - everything he created reveals a lush, visible imagination. Most of what he produced is intended for the stage, including Carmina burana. But the piece has shown its strength even without stage arrangements and is just as often performed in the concert hall with great success.

Wednesday 1 November 2023: The event ends at approx. 19.00



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