Quincy Choral Society Presents: "Carmina Burana"

Under the direction of conductor Joshua W. Rohde, the Quincy Choral Society presented one of the world's most frequently performed choral compositions.  This performance was especially noteworthy because it was accompanied by full orchestra and included participation of the South Shore Children's Chorus, both Advanced Choir (8th to 12th grades) and the Intermediate Choir (4th to 7th grades), this latter group identified by composer Carl Orff as the "ragazzi." 

The performance was marked by grandeur, harmony and strength.  It was also charmed by the "ragazzi" singing in pure young voice tones.  For the South Shore Intermediate Choir, this was their first introduction to a full orchestra setting according to their director Kirsten Oberoi.  

Faces of the 500 attendees following the concert suggested a sense of awe.  Their descriptive language conveyed that as well:  "Wonderful!  Awesome!  Incredible!"  This writer (also a member of Quincy Choral) was so moved by an audience member who expressed her strong emotion by giving me a spontaneous and joyful hug.

The next official concert is in December with the music not yet selected but it is sure to leave the audience, again, in a seasonal and spirit-filled mood.

Carmina Burana - Quincy Choral Society Rehearsal

Final rehearsal of the Quincy Choral Society, the South Shore Children's Chorus and full orchestra at St. Mary of the Hills church in Milton, MA.

As Director of Choral Activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Rohde was able to secure additional singers to fill out the depth and breadth of the choral demands of this piece to make the full concert presentation truly swell dynamically and sensitively . 

Soloists included

"Carmina Burana"
Quincy Choral Society  and
The South Shore Children's Chorus
Sunday, May 20, 2018
4pm to 5pm
St. Mary of the Hills Church
29 St. Mary’s Road, Milton, MA 02186

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Carmina Burana - 287 Songs and Poems and Dramatic Pieces

Not found until 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in  Bavaria, the Carmina Burana poems are now housed in the Bavarian State Library in Munich.  They have been categorized as Goliard and vagabond songs, the term "Goliard" referring to a name given to clergy (mostly students) who satirized the Catholic Church (Goliards).

However, satirizing the Catholic Church was NOT the focus of the Carmina Burana texts.  Their themes were primarily morals and mockery, love songs, drinking songs and longer theater pieces.

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

Carl Orff wrote his Cantata in 1935 using 24 of the 228 original texts.  The text original languages were Latin, German and for some mixed Latin and German.

For the singers, the challenge was not so much knowing the language or even understanding what they were singing but simply the proper pronunciation of each syllable in the Cantata. 

Carmina Burana - Synopsis of Cantata

Part I - Fortune Empress of the World

1.-2. O Fortune, like the moon, you are changeable ... I bemoan the wounds of Fortune with weeping eyes ...
3. The merry face of spring turns to the world, sharp winter now flees, vanquished; ...
4. The sun warms everything, pure and gentle, once again it reveals to the world April's face ...
5. Behold the pleasant and longed-for spring brings back joyfulness ...
7.  The noble woods are burgeoning with flowers and leaves.  Where is the lover I knew?  Ah!
8. Shopkeeper, give me color to make my cheeks red, so that I can make the young men love me, against their will ...
9. Come, come, my love, I long for you.  Sweet rose-red lips, come and make me better ...
10. If all the world were mine from the sea to the Rhine, I would do without it if the Queen of England would lie in my arms.  Hey!

Part II - In the Tavern

11.  Burning inside with violent anger, bitterly I speak my heart ..
12.  The Roasted Swan sings his lament ...
13.  I am the abbot of Cockaigne and my assembly is one of drinkers ...
14.  When we are in the tavern, we do not think how we will go to dust ...

Part III - The Court of Love

15.  Cupid flies everywhere seized by desire ... The girl without a lover misses out on all pleasures ...
16.  Day, night, and everything is against me, the chattering of maidens makes me weep ...
17.  A girl stood in a red tunic; if anyone touched it ...
18.  In my heart there are many sighs for your beauty, which wound me sorely.  Ah!
19.  If a boy with a girl tarries in a little room, happy is their coupling ...
20.  Come, come, O come, do not let me die ..
21.  In th wavering balance of my feelings set against each other lascivious love ...
22.  This is the joyful time, O maidens, rejoice with them, young men!
23.  Sweetest one!  Ah!  I give myself to you totally!
24.  Hail, Most beautiful one, precious jewel ...
5.  O Fortune (repeat of #1)

Carmina Burana - Quincy Choral Society

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Posted: June 1, 2018    Nancy J Conrad