Carmina Burana: Thirty Poems
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Carmina Burana: Thirty Poems

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This is a selection from the 13th century collection of secular Latin poems. Some are serious (eg "Crusade" poems) but the majority are light, including many love poems. A number of items from the Carmina are well known as text for Carl Orff's 'Scenic Cantata'.
Paperback, 142 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Bristol Classical Press (first published January 1st 1200)
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The only reason I read "Carmina Burana" is because I wanted to see the ballet performance of it and since it's in Latin, I also wanted to know what the lyrics are about.

The poetry in itself is not extraordinary - but I'm definitely NOT the person to make critical remarks on medieval poetry - I did like the love poems more than the moral and drinking ones, though. Actually, the poems were meant to be sung, so I'm not sure the term "poems" is entirely accurate.

Now, the performance. I had tickets...more
I've read Eddas, Vedas, Lays, Gitas... the defining myth of cultures around the world. Selections from the Carmina Burana define the culture of the alehouse (mostly). I was struck, as I read it, that it seemed a collection of wittiness collected by a college frat historian. So don't expect sweeping sagas of yore; set the bar a little lower, like a medieval Animal House.

Being familiar with Orff's choral work of the same name, I picked up the book when I saw the title and cracked it open to read:...more
While not the spiritual experience of Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana is an unparalleled musical experience. It should, if done all justice, include a full Orff orchestra, choir, and dancers!
Joyous,humoristic, mischievous and diving into everyday life to portray its strongest, not deepest impressions, Carmina Burana is a true classic and an important mirror of the world as it used to be in Middle Age. In all its simplicity and melody it shows what poetry truely is - a man, simply walking on his way and singing along with the world.
The poems themselves are worthwhile but the edition contains errors (e.g. two poems XII), not the most pleasing typeface, and editorial notes that focus more on providing citations of classical and biblical allusions than comments on grammar and Medieval Latinity.
Thom Dunn
I remember Orff being rediscovered in the 60s after being suppressed following WW II.

My copy is from Cincinnati's May Festival Book for 1982.
Really Amazing!! I was in a performance of Carl Orff's opera version with my chorus, so I thought I should read this.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't know these were poems!
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