Carmina Burana (arr Mas Quiles)

From Wind Repertory Project
Carl Orff

Carl Orff (arr. Juan Vicente Mas Quiles)

General Info

Year: 1937 / 1994
Duration: c. 65:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - €99.00


1. O Fortuna - 2:00
2. Fortune plango vulnera
5. Ecce Gratum - 1:15
6. Tanz
10. Were diu werlt alle min
11. Estuans interius - 2:00
15. Amat volat undique
18. Circa mea pectora
19. Si puer cum puellula
20. Veni, veni, venias
21. In trutina - 2:00
22. Tempus est iocundum
23. Dulcissime
24. Ave formoisissima
25. O Fortuna – 2:00
In taberna quando sumus - 1:45


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Flugelhorn I-II
Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion (5-6 players), including:

  • Antique Cymbals (2)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (3)
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals (4)
  • Glockenspiel (3)
  • Plate Bell
  • Rattle
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Carl Orff's first stage work, Carmina Burana, was composed in 1935-6 and premiered at the Frankfurt Opera in 1937; it became an outstanding success. Orff drew the inspiration for his grand vocal and orchestral work from 24 poems of the 200 found in the 13th century monastery of Benediktbeuern, near Munich in Bavaria, and published in 1847 under the title of Carmina Burana. Carmina is the plural of the Latin word carmen and in early time, carried the implication of student songs. Burana was the Latin name for the area we know today as Bavaria. Both sacred and secular, the texts are frank avowals of earthly pleasure: eating, dancing, drinking, gambling, and lovemaking. They proclaim the beauty of life and the glory of springtime. The music is simple in harmony and range, consistent with 13th century music, with a driving rhythm to which the listener instinctively responds.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a multi-movement musical setting of medieval poems selected from the collection of the same name. Each movement has its own subject independent of the other movements.

1. O fortune (O Fortune). A lament for the unpredictability of fate and the impermanence of good fortune. Fate is described as a monstrous, ever-turning wheel, reflected in Orff's slowly-building. Cyclical theme. 5. Ecce gratum (Behold the welcome). A celebration of the beginning of spring. As winter melts away, the promise of spring and new life awakens in all creation. 11. Estuans interius (Seething inside). A grave reflection on failures, foolish endeavors, and disappointments in life. 14. In taberna quando sumus (When we are in the tavern). A raucous account of typical tavern endeavors: gambling, elaborate toasting and, above all, drinking. 21. In trutina (On the scales). A poet weighs the temptation of love against chastity and, in the end, gives in. 25. O fortuna (O fortune). As the work ends, a final reminder of the cruel indifference of fate.

- Program Note from U.S. Army Field Band concert program, 16 December 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 915-925.
  • Orff, C.; Mas Quiles, J. (1994). Carmina Burana : Cantiones Profanae : Für Soli, Knabenchor, Gemischten Chor und Blasorchester = For Soloists, Boys' Choir, Mixed Choir and Concert Band [score]. Schott: Mainz.