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An Orff-beat style of music

Putting together a story on Carl Orff (pictured above at 21) and his well-known "Carmina Burana," being performed Saturday by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, I listened to a lot of Orff.

There was a lot more to Orff than "Carmina Burana." Here are some Orff-beat selections you might want to hear.

Here are the cute "Tanzlieder" -- "dance songs" -- sung by a boys' choir.

These are a lot of fun! You can tell how Orff loved to use rhythm.

Here is a video someone made of a road trip accompanied by Orff's teaching piece "Gassenhauer," which means "street song."

Ha, ha! I love the moment when they bring the dog in. "Gassenhauer" and other of Orff's teaching pieces were written in collaboration with Gunild Keetman, his collaborator. They are ingenious little works. "Gassenhauer" was based on a song by a Renaissance German lute player. It was famously used in the Sissy Spacek movie "Badlands."

Here is a sweet video of "In Trutina" from "Carmina Burana" which gives you translations.

That is such a little gem. Orff gets it right in that piece. I like how between the verses it pauses for that second, before the pulse starts up again.

All kinds of celebrated sopranos have recorded "In Trutina" including Lucia Popp and Kathleen Battle. Here is a kind of freaky clip from the 1975 "Carmina Burana" movie where you can watch Lucia Popp singing it.

It is fun to watch an Orff kids' ensemble in action.

This is a group of kids from Malaysia. Goes to show how far Orff's influence extends! It would be fun to get an Orff ensemble together and play with your friends. Why should kids have all the fun?

I even see Carl Orff's name used as a verb, "orff-ing."

I am looking forward to some Orff-ing on Saturday!

-- Mary Kunz Goldman



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