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“Oh Four Tuna”: What “Carmina Burana” Really Sounds Like

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Carl Orff’s famous “Carmina Burana,” a scenic cantata based on medieval poems, is one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music. We’ve all heard it countless times. But, do you know what the text says? The poetry muses on life, death, fortune, and of course, drinking, gluttony, gambling and sex. Since the text is in Latin, you may not have taken the time to read a translation. One internet user has provided a convenient translation of the movement “O Fortuna” for those who want to follow along. Or, at least a translation of what it sounds like!

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  • James Hufton

    “Oh Four Tuna?” That’s right up there with “Taco Bell’s Canon” and the “1912 Overture!”

  • Mike Meshenberg

    It’s mostly in Latin, but not all. There’s a little of Middle High German and a bit of Provencal.

  • LH

    Amusing video.

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  • Freond

    The music is fabulous. But reading the libretto and a translation as you listen makes the experience complete and much more meaningful. How can anyone listen to it and not want to know what the songs are about?

    I’ve read the text many, many times.