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Carmina Burana Lyrics

Carmina Burana

Structure of Carmina Burana

Major structure is shown with some comments about the musical instrumentation:

The work is in three sections: In Spring, In the Tavern, and The Court of Love with an opening prologue and finale.

Overall Structure

  • Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)
  • I. Primo vere (In Springtime)
  • Uf dem anger (On the Lawn)
  • II. In Taberna (In the Tavern)
  • III. Cour d'amours (The Court of Love)
  • Blanziflor et Helena (Blanziflor and Helena)
  • Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)

Detailed Structure

  • Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)
    • 1. O Fortuna
    • 2. Fortune plango vulnera
  • I. Primo vere (In Springtime)
    • 3. Veris leta facies (No strings and only a small chorus)
    • 4. Omnia sol temperat
    • 5. Ecce gratum
  • Uf dem anger (On the Lawn)
    • 6. Tanz
    • 7. Floret silva nobilis (Small and large choruses)
    • 8. Chramer, gip die varwe mir (Small and large choruses) [German]
    • 9. Reie [German]
    • 10. Were diu werlt alle min [German]
  • II. In Taberna (In the Tavern)
    • 11. Estuans interius
    • 12. Olim lacus colueram (No violins used)
    • 13. Ego sum abbas (Only percussion and brass with chorus)
    • 14. In taberna quando sumus
  • III. Cour d'amours (The Court of Love)
    • 15. Amor volat undique (Boys chorus with soprano)
    • 16. Dies, nox et omnia
    • 17. Stetit puella
    • 18. Circa mea pectora
    • 19. Si puer cum puellula
    • 20. Veni, veni, venias (Double chorus with two pianos and six percussionists)
    • 21. In truitina
    • 22. Tempus est iocundum (Two pianos, percussion and all vocalists except tenor)
    • 23. Dulcissime
  • Blanziflor et Helena (Blanziflor and Helena)
    • 24. Ave formosissima (Three glockenspiels with independent parts)
  • Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)
    • 25. O Fortuna (Fortune, Empress of the World)

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