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Excalibur : O Fortuna — Carl Orff

Excalibur : O Fortuna — Carl Orff

«Excalibur: O Fortuna» — Carl Orff

The History According To Wikipedia : «O Fortuna»

«O Fortuna» is a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the 13th century, part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana. It is a complaint about fate and Fortuna, a goddess in Roman mythology and the personification of luck.

In 1935—36, «O Fortuna» was set to music by the German composer Carl Orff as a part of movement «Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi» of his cantata Carmina Burana, which it opens and closes. It opens on a slower pace with thumping drums and choir that drops quickly into a whisper building slowly into a steady crescendo of drums and short string and horn notes peaking on one last long powerful note and ending abruptly. A performance takes a little over two and one-half minutes.

Orff’s setting of the poem has become immensely popular and has been performed by countless classical music ensembles and popular artists. It can be heard in numerous movies and television commercials and has become a staple in popular culture, setting the mood for dramatic or cataclysmic situations.

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