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Carmina Burana Lyrics

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana (from here-on abbreviated to CB) is a work which regularly comes up for discussion.

It is the author's hope that this document will provide some background information on this popular work and a guide to the available recordings.

Last Updated: 23rd June 1995


  1. The Manuscript
  2. Who wrote the music?
  3. When was it first performed?
  4. How would you describe the work?
  5. More about the lyrics and their origins.
  6. What language are the lyrics?
  7. Why is the music so popular?
  8. Where has the music been used?
  9. Which recordings do you recommend?
  10. Have any films been made of the work?
  11. What are some other works of the composer?
  12. Structure of the work
  13. What others have said about it
  14. References and Further Reading
  15. The Lyrics - In Latin and German with English translation


This document was created and edited by Charles Cave with contributions and proof-reading by the following people:

  • Bill Alford
  • Keith Briggs
  • Werner Icking
  • Marjory J Klein
  • Dan Stenborg
  • Ian Burns
  • Jacques Wenger

Copyright © 1995 by Charles Cave.