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Carmina Burana (arr Wanek)

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Carl Orff

Carl Orff (arr. Friedrich Wanek)

Subtitle: Cantiones Profanae: Five movements for ten wind players

General Info

Year: 1937 / 1981
Duration: c. 14:00
Original Medium: Orchestra and choir
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher Schott Music
Cost: Parts - $63.00   |   Score - $28.00


1. Fortune plango vulnera
2. In trutina
3. Tanz
4. Amor volat undique
5. In taberna


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

While the full cantata contains a sprawling 25 songs, this chamber arrangement selects five for this unique instrumentation. Notably absent is the iconic O Fortuna, well known for its frequent deployment in service of movie trailers and advertisements. These selections serve the small ensemble well, allowing for delicate solo instrumental play as well as still-powerful choral outbursts. Fortune plango vulnera features an obstinate first statement by the bassoon, followed by a quick ratcheting-up of intensity into a riotous crash landing.

In trutina is an incense-infused, heady love song delivered achingly by the English horn. Next is Tanz, a cheerfully off-kilter dance with a delightful moment of solo play between the flute and bassoon. A flighty, fragile number in Amor volat undique follows. Finally, the drunken, debauched In taberna finishes out the grouping with a shouted barnstormer.

- Program Note by Tyler J. Kimball

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Chamber Winds (Tyler J. Kimball, conductor) - 6 December 2019

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.; Wanek, F. (1981). Carmina burana : Cantiones Profanae : Five movements for ten wind players [score]. Schott: Mainz.