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Carl  Orff

Born: July 10th, 1895
Died: March 29th, 1982
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-01-20 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Patrick Secchiari
Orchestra: Blasorchester Oberland Thun
2018-01-21 | Thun (Switzerland), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum — 16:00

Orff’s music, his musikē – I deliberately utilise the Greek expression – offers less for the ear than traditional opera music. In exchange, it involves all the senses; it is not just sound, but also dance; not just tone but also playing; not only singing but also scenes and theatre – it is music in the sense of an artistic muse uniting and fusing all the arts , as originally conceived by the Ancient Greeks. (Hans Maier)

Carl Orff was born on 10 July 1895 in Munich. He received his first piano tuition at the early age of five, and subsequently also cello and organ lessons. Evidence shows that he regularly attended the theatre and opera from 1903 onwards. In 1911, his first work was published: the lied “Eiland, ein Sang vom Chiemsee”, although Orff up to this point had not yet begun systematic courses in music theory. From 1912 to 1914, he studied composition with Anton Beer-Walbrunn at the Munich Akademie der Tonkunst and from 1915 piano with Hermann Zilcher. In 1915, Orff was able to gather initial practical experience in the theatre, worked as repetiteur and one year later was appointed as kapellmeister of the Munich Chamber Theatre. Following a brief period of military service, he was appointed as kapellmeister assisting Wilhelm Furtwängler at the National Theatre in Mannheim and the Landestheater Darmstadt. He received further training in composition from Heinrich Kaminski and undertook an extensive study of Bach, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and particularly Monteverdi. A co-founder of the “Günther School” for gymnastics, music and dance in Munich (1924), Orff became the director of the department for dance and musical education. This was for Orff an ideal experimental educational field for the development of the “Orff Schulwerk” (1930-1934/1950-1954) which was distributed with great success worldwide and continues today to be utilised within the areas of social and therapeutic education. In 1936, Orff received the commission to compose a part of the processional music for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. From 1950 to 1960, he held master classes for composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich. From 1955, he was resident in Dießen on Lake Ammer and died on 29 March 1982 in Munich.

Right from the beginning, Orff concentrated exclusively on textually related music. His aim was to combine theatre, music, dance and acting to form a single unified whole in which the rhythmical organisation of language frequently provided the compositional framework. Orff composed his first choral work (“Also sprach Zarathustra”, based on Nietzsche) and an early opera strongly influenced by Debussy entitled Gisei, das Opfer, which was completed in 1913. Orff found his way to his own individual style through the study of the counterpoint of the old masters. His fascination for mediaeval and classical texts was reflected in works such as his cycle Trionfi (Carmina Burana, 1936, Catulli Carmina, 1943 and Trionfo di Afrodite, 1951), Hölderlin’s adaptations of Greek dramas Antigonae (1949) and Oedipus der Tyrann (1959) and Aischylos’ Prometheus (1967). The works in the style of fairy tales such as Der Mond (1938/71) and Die Kluge (1942) belong to a further group of works. Orff was fascinated by the vocal richness of dialects and also wrote works utilising Old Bavarian: Die Bernauerin (1946). His final stage composition, the mystery play De temporum fine comoedia, was premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 1973.

Carmina Burana is Orff’s most famous composition. The staged cantata consisting of a collection of songs was based on texts from a mediaeval manuscript housed in the monastery Benediktbeuern. Orff created incredibly dynamic music combining archaic harmony and pulsating dance-like rhythms. The powerful chorus “Fortuna” which frames the vernal, drinking and love songs has made Carmina Burana one of the most frequently performed works of the 20th century.

Carl Orff received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Tübingen (1959) and Munich (1972) and also the Great Order of Merit with Star and shoulder ribbon of the Federal Republic pf Germany (1972). In 1947, he was awarded the Music Prize of the City of Munich and in 1974 the Romano Guardini Prize by the Catholic Academy of Bavaria. Carl Orff was made honorary citizen of the City of Munich and became a member of the Order pour le Mérite for science and the arts. The Carl Orff Museum in Dießen on Lake Ammer, commemorates the life and work of the composer; numerous educational establishments, schools and institutions have been named after him.

 

1895
Born in Munich on 20 July
1898
Birth of his sister Maria (Mia)
1900
First piano lessons
1901
Marsfeld School
1905
Ludwig High School
1907-12
Wittelsbacher High School
1910-12
Songs for voice and piano
1911-1912
"Zarathustra" (after Nietzsche) for baritone, three male choirs and orchestra
1912-14
Studies at the Academy of Music
1913
"Gisei" (Das Opfer) music drama
1914
Studies with Hermann Zilcher
1915-17
Kapellmeister at the Munich Kammerspiele
1917
Military service. Narrowly escapes death by burial under rubble on the Eastern front.
1918
Kapellmeister at the Mannheim Nationaltheater and the Darmstadt Hoftheater
1918-19
Music for Büchner´s "Leonce und Lena"
1919
Lieder after texts by Klabund, Dehmel, Lenau and Nietzsche
1920-21
Draft of an arrangement of Bach's "Kunst der Fuge" for several orchestras and choirs
1920-25
Married to Alice Solscher
1921
Begins to study Monteverdi
1923/24
New dramaturgical and musical arrangement of Monteverdi's "L´Orfeo"
1924
Together with Dorothee Günther, founds the Günther School for gymnastics, rhythm, music and dance in Munich
1925
28 December: World premiere of "Tanz der Spröden" (1st version) at the Karlsruhe Landestheater
1925-32
Organal cantus-firmus pieces
1927
"Kleines Konzert" for harpsichord, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion after lute pieces of the 16th century
1928
Second version of "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (unfinished draft)
1929
13 October: World premiere of the 2nd version of "Orpheus" at the Munich Residenztheater
1930
Cantatas after texts by Franz Werfel (Book of Works I)
1930/31
Choral pieces after texts by Bert Brecht (Book of Works II)
1931-34
Publication of the first Schulwerk edition: "Orff-Schulwerk Elementare Musikübung" in collaboration with Gunild Keetman
1931
Plans for founding a "Münchner Turm- und Stadtmusik" (= ensemble of town musicians in Munich)
1932
28 April: First Performance of the "St. Luke Passion" at the "Vereinigung für Zeitgenössische Musik" in Munich
1932/33
Conductor of the Munich Bach Society
1933
Arrangement for stage and concert performance and presentation of Heinrich Schütz' " Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi" at the Bach Society
1937
8 June: "Carmina Burana", World premiere, Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt am Main
1939
14 October: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (3rd version), first performance, Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt am Main
1940
30 November: Performance of all three Monteverdi works at the Reußisches Theater Gera
1943
Fourth Version of "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (not performed)
1947
15 June: "Die Bernauerin", World premiere, Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1948
First Schulwerk broadcasts by the Bavarian Radio, "Die Weihnachtsgeschichte"
1949
9 August: "Antigonae", World premiere, Salzburg Felsenreitschule
1950-54
Publication of the 2nd Schulwerk edition "Musik für Kinder" in collaboration with Gunild Keetman
1950-60
Teaches composition at the Munich Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
1952
30 October: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (5th version), first performance at the Darmstadt Landestheater
1953
20 October: "Astutuli", World premiere at the Munich Kammerspiele
1954-59
Married to Luise Rinser
1956
Member of the order "Pour le mérite" for science and arts
1957
21 April: "Comoedia de Christi Resurrectione", World premiere of stage version, Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart (Wieland Wagner)
1958
15 May: "Lamenti - Trittico teatrale liberamente tratto da opere di Claudio Monteverdi"; First performance at the Schwetzingen Festival
1959
Honorary doctorate from the University of Tübingen
1960
11 December: "Ludus de nato infante mirificus", World premiere at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1961
Foundation of the seminar and centre for the Orff-Schulwerk at the Salzburg Mozarteum
1962/63
Schulwerk lecture tours to Canada, Japan and Portugal
1963
12 March: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (6th version), first performance at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1968
24 March: "Prometheus", World premiere at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1972
Grand Cross with star and ribbon for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1973
20 August: "De temporum fine comedia", World premiere at the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus
1974
Romano Guardini Award of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria
1975-81
Worked on the eight-volume documentation "Carl Orff und sein Werk"
1982
Burried at the Schmerzhafte Kapelle of the Andechs monatery church on 3 April
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-01-20 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Patrick Secchiari
Orchestra: Blasorchester Oberland Thun
2018-01-21 | Thun (Switzerland), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum — 16:00
2018-01-27 | München (Germany), Marionettentheater
Conductor: Patrick Secchiari
Orchestra: Blasorchester Oberland Thun
2018-01-28 | Interlaken (Switzerland), Congress Centre Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Samuel Hogarth, (2015/16); Hermann Bäumer, (2017); Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny, (1.12.2017); Paul-Johannes Kirschner, (29.1.2018)
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2018-01-29 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-02-02 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Robert Hasty
2018-02-03 | Suzhou (China, People's Republic), Culture and Arts Centre
Conductor: Angela Kay
2018-02-03 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Albert Hall
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-02-23 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-02-23 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-02-25 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-08 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Stefan Anton Reck
Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli
2018-03-11 | Bari (Italy), Teatro Petruzzelli
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-17 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-03-24 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-25 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-31 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: N.N.
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-04-01 | Zwickau (Germany), Lukaskirche
Conductor: N.N.
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-04-02 | Zwickau (Germany), Lukaskirche
Conductor: Martin Künstner
Orchestra: Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
2018-04-03 | Reutlingen (Germany), Stadthalle — 17:00
Conductor: Oliver Weder
Orchestra: Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
2018-04-13 | Saalfeld (Germany), Meininger Hof
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-04-13 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Oliver Weder
Orchestra: Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
2018-04-14 | Saalfeld (Germany), Meininger Hof
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-04-15 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-02 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-05-12 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Jan Hoffmann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-05-15 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-16 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-17 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-22 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-05-26 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-26 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-27 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 19:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-08 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-09 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Ulrich Wagner
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-10 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 11:00
Conductor: Ulrich Wagner
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-10 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-10 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 14:00
Conductor: Jan Hoffmann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-06-15 | Wetzlar (Germany)
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-24 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 14:00
Conductor: Michael Clayton
Orchestra: Watford Philharmonic Society
2018-06-27 | Watford (United Kingdom), Watford Colosseum — 19:30
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-06-29 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-01 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-07-05 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Christiane Silber
Orchestra: concentus alius - Homophilharmonisches Orchester Berlin
2018-07-08 | Berlin (Germany), Universität der Künste
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-07-12 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-13 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Uwe Renz
Orchestra: Junge Philharmonie Ostwürttemberg
2018-07-20 | Lauchheim (Germany), Schloss Kapfenburg
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-22 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-17 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-18 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-19 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Conductor: Krzysztof Urbański
Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester
2018-08-27 | Kiel (Germany), Sparkassen Arena

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  1. O Fortuna

    O Fortuna

    from: Carmina Burana
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764
    €2.99
  2. Lied der Klugen

    Lied der Klugen

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: soprano and piano
    Order No.: ED 20896
    €2.99
  3. Ave Maria

    Ave Maria

    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir
    Edition: choral score
    Order No.: ED 20769
    €0.99
  4. Ecce gratum

    Ecce gratum

    from "Carmina Burana"
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Order No.: ED 9941
    €2.99
  5. Odi et amo

    Odi et amo

    from "Catulli Carmina"
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Order No.: ED 9941
    €1.99
  6. Arie des Eselmann

    Arie des Eselmann

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: tenor and Piano
    Order No.: ED 21141
    €2.99
  7. Arie des Eselmann

    Arie des Eselmann

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: tenor and piano
    Order No.: ED 21141
    €2.99
  8. Astutuli

    Astutuli

    Eine bairische Komödie
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    librettist: Orff, Carl
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: German
    Order No.: BN 3631-50
    €5.99
  9. Die Bernauerin

    Die Bernauerin

    Ein bairisches Stück
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: Soprano, Tenor, Actors, Mixed Choir and Orchestra
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: German
    Order No.: BN 3632-30
    €5.99
  10. Catulli Carmina

    Catulli Carmina

    Ludi scaenici - Szenische Spiele
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: soloists (ST), mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 4 pianos, timpani and percussion (10-12 player)
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: Latin - German
    Order No.: BN 3634-10
    €5.99

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Orff’s music, his musikē – I deliberately utilise the Greek expression – offers less for the ear than traditional opera music. In exchange, it involves all the senses; it is not just sound, but also dance; not just tone but also playing; not only singing but also scenes and theatre – it is music in the sense of an artistic muse uniting and fusing all the arts , as originally conceived by the Ancient Greeks. (Hans Maier)

Carl Orff was born on 10 July 1895 in Munich. He received his first piano tuition at the early age of five, and subsequently also cello and organ lessons. Evidence shows that he regularly attended the theatre and opera from 1903 onwards. In 1911, his first work was published: the lied “Eiland, ein Sang vom Chiemsee”, although Orff up to this point had not yet begun systematic courses in music theory. From 1912 to 1914, he studied composition with Anton Beer-Walbrunn at the Munich Akademie der Tonkunst and from 1915 piano with Hermann Zilcher. In 1915, Orff was able to gather initial practical experience in the theatre, worked as repetiteur and one year later was appointed as kapellmeister of the Munich Chamber Theatre. Following a brief period of military service, he was appointed as kapellmeister assisting Wilhelm Furtwängler at the National Theatre in Mannheim and the Landestheater Darmstadt. He received further training in composition from Heinrich Kaminski and undertook an extensive study of Bach, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and particularly Monteverdi. A co-founder of the “Günther School” for gymnastics, music and dance in Munich (1924), Orff became the director of the department for dance and musical education. This was for Orff an ideal experimental educational field for the development of the “Orff Schulwerk” (1930-1934/1950-1954) which was distributed with great success worldwide and continues today to be utilised within the areas of social and therapeutic education. In 1936, Orff received the commission to compose a part of the processional music for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. From 1950 to 1960, he held master classes for composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich. From 1955, he was resident in Dießen on Lake Ammer and died on 29 March 1982 in Munich.

Right from the beginning, Orff concentrated exclusively on textually related music. His aim was to combine theatre, music, dance and acting to form a single unified whole in which the rhythmical organisation of language frequently provided the compositional framework. Orff composed his first choral work (“Also sprach Zarathustra”, based on Nietzsche) and an early opera strongly influenced by Debussy entitled Gisei, das Opfer, which was completed in 1913. Orff found his way to his own individual style through the study of the counterpoint of the old masters. His fascination for mediaeval and classical texts was reflected in works such as his cycle Trionfi (Carmina Burana, 1936, Catulli Carmina, 1943 and Trionfo di Afrodite, 1951), Hölderlin’s adaptations of Greek dramas Antigonae (1949) and Oedipus der Tyrann (1959) and Aischylos’ Prometheus (1967). The works in the style of fairy tales such as Der Mond (1938/71) and Die Kluge (1942) belong to a further group of works. Orff was fascinated by the vocal richness of dialects and also wrote works utilising Old Bavarian: Die Bernauerin (1946). His final stage composition, the mystery play De temporum fine comoedia, was premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 1973.

Carmina Burana is Orff’s most famous composition. The staged cantata consisting of a collection of songs was based on texts from a mediaeval manuscript housed in the monastery Benediktbeuern. Orff created incredibly dynamic music combining archaic harmony and pulsating dance-like rhythms. The powerful chorus “Fortuna” which frames the vernal, drinking and love songs has made Carmina Burana one of the most frequently performed works of the 20th century.

Carl Orff received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Tübingen (1959) and Munich (1972) and also the Great Order of Merit with Star and shoulder ribbon of the Federal Republic pf Germany (1972). In 1947, he was awarded the Music Prize of the City of Munich and in 1974 the Romano Guardini Prize by the Catholic Academy of Bavaria. Carl Orff was made honorary citizen of the City of Munich and became a member of the Order pour le Mérite for science and the arts. The Carl Orff Museum in Dießen on Lake Ammer, commemorates the life and work of the composer; numerous educational establishments, schools and institutions have been named after him.

 

Works
Chronology
1895
Born in Munich on 20 July
1898
Birth of his sister Maria (Mia)
1900
First piano lessons
1901
Marsfeld School
1905
Ludwig High School
1907-12
Wittelsbacher High School
1910-12
Songs for voice and piano
1911-1912
"Zarathustra" (after Nietzsche) for baritone, three male choirs and orchestra
1912-14
Studies at the Academy of Music
1913
"Gisei" (Das Opfer) music drama
1914
Studies with Hermann Zilcher
1915-17
Kapellmeister at the Munich Kammerspiele
1917
Military service. Narrowly escapes death by burial under rubble on the Eastern front.
1918
Kapellmeister at the Mannheim Nationaltheater and the Darmstadt Hoftheater
1918-19
Music for Büchner´s "Leonce und Lena"
1919
Lieder after texts by Klabund, Dehmel, Lenau and Nietzsche
1920-21
Draft of an arrangement of Bach's "Kunst der Fuge" for several orchestras and choirs
1920-25
Married to Alice Solscher
1921
Begins to study Monteverdi
1923/24
New dramaturgical and musical arrangement of Monteverdi's "L´Orfeo"
1924
Together with Dorothee Günther, founds the Günther School for gymnastics, rhythm, music and dance in Munich
1925
28 December: World premiere of "Tanz der Spröden" (1st version) at the Karlsruhe Landestheater
1925-32
Organal cantus-firmus pieces
1927
"Kleines Konzert" for harpsichord, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion after lute pieces of the 16th century
1928
Second version of "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (unfinished draft)
1929
13 October: World premiere of the 2nd version of "Orpheus" at the Munich Residenztheater
1930
Cantatas after texts by Franz Werfel (Book of Works I)
1930/31
Choral pieces after texts by Bert Brecht (Book of Works II)
1931-34
Publication of the first Schulwerk edition: "Orff-Schulwerk Elementare Musikübung" in collaboration with Gunild Keetman
1931
Plans for founding a "Münchner Turm- und Stadtmusik" (= ensemble of town musicians in Munich)
1932
28 April: First Performance of the "St. Luke Passion" at the "Vereinigung für Zeitgenössische Musik" in Munich
1932/33
Conductor of the Munich Bach Society
1933
Arrangement for stage and concert performance and presentation of Heinrich Schütz' " Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi" at the Bach Society
1937
8 June: "Carmina Burana", World premiere, Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt am Main
1939
14 October: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (3rd version), first performance, Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt am Main
1940
30 November: Performance of all three Monteverdi works at the Reußisches Theater Gera
1943
Fourth Version of "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (not performed)
1947
15 June: "Die Bernauerin", World premiere, Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1948
First Schulwerk broadcasts by the Bavarian Radio, "Die Weihnachtsgeschichte"
1949
9 August: "Antigonae", World premiere, Salzburg Felsenreitschule
1950-54
Publication of the 2nd Schulwerk edition "Musik für Kinder" in collaboration with Gunild Keetman
1950-60
Teaches composition at the Munich Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
1952
30 October: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (5th version), first performance at the Darmstadt Landestheater
1953
20 October: "Astutuli", World premiere at the Munich Kammerspiele
1954-59
Married to Luise Rinser
1956
Member of the order "Pour le mérite" for science and arts
1957
21 April: "Comoedia de Christi Resurrectione", World premiere of stage version, Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart (Wieland Wagner)
1958
15 May: "Lamenti - Trittico teatrale liberamente tratto da opere di Claudio Monteverdi"; First performance at the Schwetzingen Festival
1959
Honorary doctorate from the University of Tübingen
1960
11 December: "Ludus de nato infante mirificus", World premiere at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1961
Foundation of the seminar and centre for the Orff-Schulwerk at the Salzburg Mozarteum
1962/63
Schulwerk lecture tours to Canada, Japan and Portugal
1963
12 March: "Ein Sommernachtstraum" (6th version), first performance at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1968
24 March: "Prometheus", World premiere at the Württembergische Staatstheater, Stuttgart
1972
Grand Cross with star and ribbon for Distinguished Service of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1973
20 August: "De temporum fine comedia", World premiere at the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus
1974
Romano Guardini Award of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria
1975-81
Worked on the eight-volume documentation "Carl Orff und sein Werk"
1982
Burried at the Schmerzhafte Kapelle of the Andechs monatery church on 3 April
Performances
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-01-20 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Patrick Secchiari
Orchestra: Blasorchester Oberland Thun
2018-01-21 | Thun (Switzerland), Kultur- und Kongresszentrum — 16:00
2018-01-27 | München (Germany), Marionettentheater
Conductor: Patrick Secchiari
Orchestra: Blasorchester Oberland Thun
2018-01-28 | Interlaken (Switzerland), Congress Centre Kursaal — 17:00
Conductor: Samuel Hogarth, (2015/16); Hermann Bäumer, (2017); Sebastian Hernandez-Laverny, (1.12.2017); Paul-Johannes Kirschner, (29.1.2018)
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz
2018-01-29 | Mainz (Germany), Staatstheater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-02-02 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Robert Hasty
2018-02-03 | Suzhou (China, People's Republic), Culture and Arts Centre
Conductor: Angela Kay
2018-02-03 | Nottingham (United Kingdom), Albert Hall
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-02-23 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30 | First Night
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-02-23 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-02-25 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-08 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Stefan Anton Reck
Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli
2018-03-11 | Bari (Italy), Teatro Petruzzelli
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-17 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Andreas Wolf
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck
2018-03-24 | Lübeck (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-25 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-03-31 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: N.N.
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-04-01 | Zwickau (Germany), Lukaskirche
Conductor: N.N.
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau
2018-04-02 | Zwickau (Germany), Lukaskirche
Conductor: Martin Künstner
Orchestra: Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
2018-04-03 | Reutlingen (Germany), Stadthalle — 17:00
Conductor: Oliver Weder
Orchestra: Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
2018-04-13 | Saalfeld (Germany), Meininger Hof
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-04-13 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Oliver Weder
Orchestra: Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
2018-04-14 | Saalfeld (Germany), Meininger Hof
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-04-15 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-02 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-05-12 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Jan Hoffmann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-05-15 | Gießen (Germany), Stadttheater
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-16 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-17 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-22 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-05-26 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-05-26 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-05-27 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 19:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-08 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-09 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Ulrich Wagner
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-10 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 11:00
Conductor: Ulrich Wagner
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-06-10 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-10 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 14:00
Conductor: Jan Hoffmann
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
2018-06-15 | Wetzlar (Germany)
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-06-24 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 14:00
Conductor: Michael Clayton
Orchestra: Watford Philharmonic Society
2018-06-27 | Watford (United Kingdom), Watford Colosseum — 19:30
Conductor: Philippe Bach
2018-06-29 | Meiningen (Germany), Staatstheater — 19:30
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-01 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 19:00
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-07-05 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Christiane Silber
Orchestra: concentus alius - Homophilharmonisches Orchester Berlin
2018-07-08 | Berlin (Germany), Universität der Künste
Conductor: Hendrik Haas
2018-07-12 | Ulm (Germany), Theater — 20:00
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-13 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 20:00
Conductor: Uwe Renz
Orchestra: Junge Philharmonie Ostwürttemberg
2018-07-20 | Lauchheim (Germany), Schloss Kapfenburg
Conductor: Justin Brown
Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
2018-07-22 | Karlsruhe (Germany), Badisches Staatstheater — 15:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-17 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-18 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Brest
2018-08-19 | St. Blasien (Germany), Dom St. Blasius, Freilichtbühne — 17:00
Conductor: Krzysztof Urbański
Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester
2018-08-27 | Kiel (Germany), Sparkassen Arena
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Gallery

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  1. O Fortuna

    O Fortuna

    from: Carmina Burana
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 20764
    €2.99
  2. Lied der Klugen

    Lied der Klugen

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: soprano and piano
    Order No.: ED 20896
    €2.99
  3. Ave Maria

    Ave Maria

    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir
    Edition: choral score
    Order No.: ED 20769
    €0.99
  4. Ecce gratum

    Ecce gratum

    from "Carmina Burana"
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Order No.: ED 9941
    €2.99
  5. Odi et amo

    Odi et amo

    from "Catulli Carmina"
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Order No.: ED 9941
    €1.99
  6. Arie des Eselmann

    Arie des Eselmann

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: tenor and Piano
    Order No.: ED 21141
    €2.99
  7. Arie des Eselmann

    Arie des Eselmann

    Die Kluge
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: tenor and piano
    Order No.: ED 21141
    €2.99
  8. Astutuli

    Astutuli

    Eine bairische Komödie
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    librettist: Orff, Carl
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: German
    Order No.: BN 3631-50
    €5.99
  9. Die Bernauerin

    Die Bernauerin

    Ein bairisches Stück
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: Soprano, Tenor, Actors, Mixed Choir and Orchestra
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: German
    Order No.: BN 3632-30
    €5.99
  10. Catulli Carmina

    Catulli Carmina

    Ludi scaenici - Szenische Spiele
    Digital output
    Composer: Orff, Carl
    Instrumentation: soloists (ST), mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 4 pianos, timpani and percussion (10-12 player)
    Edition: text/libretto
    Language: Latin - German
    Order No.: BN 3634-10
    €5.99

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