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Classical Notes: March 25, 2008 Archive

O, for what??

Posted at 5:33 AM on March 25, 2008 by John Birge

The opening chorus of Carl Orff's cantata Carmina Burana seems to be the soundtrack of choice to suggest all things Big and Fateful. But just what is that chorus singing, anyway?

Various English adaptations run the gamut from the Completely Whack!

To the ridiculous:

To the straightforward, just in case you want to know what they're really singing: