BBC Philharmonic
14 Mar 2015, Leeds Town Hall

Orff's Carmina Burana in Leeds

BBC Philharmonic
Orff's Carmina Burana in Leeds
19:30 Sat 14 Mar 2015 Leeds Town Hall
A dramatic evening of music concludes with Carl Orff's unforgettable Carmina Burana.
A dramatic evening of music concludes with Carl Orff's unforgettable Carmina Burana.

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Concert Information

Paul Dukas shot to fame after writing 'The Sorcerer’s Apprentice', inspired by a Goethe poem. Around 40 years later the piece featured in the 1940 Disney film 'Fantasia', where Micky Mouse, weary from carrying buckets of water, conjures a magic spell to make a broomstick carry the water instead. He then falls asleep only to wake amongst a massive flood. This was the first use of stereo sound in a film.

'Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra' was commissioned in 1946 by the government as a soundtrack to an educational film. The piece begins by showcasing the orchestra as a whole and then the main theme is passed amongst each of the families of instruments – woodwind, brass, strings and percussion.

Well known for the opening 'O Fortuna' section, as heard on many TV programmes and films, Orff’s 'Carmina Burana' is a secular work in three parts entitled 'Spring', 'In the Tavern' and 'Love'. Using medieval Latin poems, Orff put rhythm at the fore of his music, making this a dramatic and energetic piece.

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Albert Room
Mark Pallant discusses the evening’s works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.