Symphony of Psalms and Carmina Burana | London Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony of Psalms and Carmina Burana | London Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 19:30

In 1935 Carl Orff encountered a vivid set of poems charting the outlandish pursuits of hedonistic students and monks, the medieval ‘golliards’. The texts, by the golliards themselves, captivated the composer. They found a home in the ritualistic, Stravinsky-influenced style Orff had been honing: full of motoric patterns, driving energy, percussive sprinklings and distinct orchestral colours, much of which can be traced directly to Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. But alongside its imposing shapes and furious rhythms, Carmina Burana has haunting tenderness and biting humour, too. This concert presents a rare opportunity to hear it alongside its most fertile and inspiring influence.

Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Hans Graf looks at the Symphony of Psalms and the lasting appeal of Carmina Burana.

Symphony of Psalms
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Carmina Burana
Carl Orff (1895-1982)


Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
51° 30' 12.24" N, 0° 7' 2.8128" W
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