Scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, based on a collection of medieval poems
.The piece lasts about an hour and has serious moments, goofy moments, and more than its share that are pure Narm
. The lyrics cover all aspects of medieval life from sex, to drinking to the plight of sentient, talking roasted swans. If you've ever heard them and think that they don't sound a bit like this
, you're right. As an unfortunate footnote, it remains the most famous piece of music to emerge from Nazi Germany
It's the money part, "O Fortuna"
, that people remember, due to it being one of the the most famous examples of Ominous Latin Chanting
as well as one of the most overused trailer songs in history
, a Standard Snippet
for whenever we want to suggest an Epic Movie
. It's also a fine example of Canis Latinicus
; not only is it in Medieval Latin, which differs greatly from the classical language, but it's also sung with what can best be described as a French accent, stressing the last syllables of each word. In proper Latin, the stress on each word is generally placed on the penultimate syllable, but that doesn't fit well into the music.Carmina Burana
can be used for a little bit of musical snobbery, distinguishing the people who recognize the work for what it isnote
from those who only know it as the music from The Omen
, or Die Hard 2
) or indeed from the Old Spice TV advert for aftershave.note Often parodied.
No relation to Kamina
, although a combination of the two would undeniably be awesome as hell
- "O Fortuna" was the backing music for the Old Spice aftershave advert, which ran in various forms form the 1960's to the 1990's and used the visual image of a surfer catching a wave. Some of the lesser known and more reflective themes from later in the piece accompanied unrelated adverts for products like bread, beer, and margarine; the rustic themes were shoo-ins to demonstrate the age-old purity and traditional values of the foodstuffs involved. Even marge.
- The X Factor
- Conan O'Brien's Evil Puppy is just an adorable golden retriever puppy who appears while Carmina Burana plays.
- Used to great effect in Only Fools and Horses to highlight Rodney's suspicions that Del's son Damien is the Antichrist.
- Performed by an amateur symphony orchestra in Kinshasa, Congo, on a 2012 episode of 60 Minutes.
- Glee uses this whenever Sue goes on a rampage.
- An episode of How I Met Your Mother Season 9 has this when Marshall is about to slap Barney...in slow motion.
- Battle Angel Alita, despite being a non-audio medium, nonetheless quotes "O Fortuna" during Den's last charge.
- Every live sports event ever, usually when the home team takes the field/court/ice/whatever.
- Michael Jackson's Dangerous tour opened with a video montage set to this.
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- American power/thrash metal band Iced Earth managed to adapt the tune in a way that freshened it up without losing any of the epic feeling in their song "Angels Holocaust".
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra has an arrangement of "O Fortuna" on their album "Night Castle".
- Enigma's Screen Behind the Mirror album references "O Fortuna" in four of the songs, including "Gravity Of Love".
- Ministry's "No W" samples "O Fortuna" in its intro - or at least the version heard in the music video and the Rock Against Bush compilation does; the album version edits that section out, possibly for copyright reasons.
- 30 Seconds to Mars used to play "O Fortuna" before they came out on stage (more than likely to evoke the same reaction it gets when it's played right before a sporting event). Used most commonly during touring in support of A Beautiful Lie and used infrequently since then to create some cheap heat amongst older fans and pump up the rest of the crowd.
- The "definite" version might be the one by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle for the Frankfurt Opera, exuberant in Costume Porn, Scenery Porn (and a dash of Freud Was Right porn too), doing the music justice.
- The original version of "One Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII borrows its lyrics from Carmina Burana (with the exception of an insertion of the villain's name). The song was given original, more thematically-fitting lyrics later on for its appearance in Kingdom Hearts and AdventChildren.
- The music played during the second half of the final battle against Bowser at the end of Super Mario Galaxy 2 sounds a lot like this. Unfortunately, you only get to hear part of it because the battle will already be over just as the music starts to play.
- A remix of "O Fortuna" entitled "True Hell On Earth" can be heard in G-Senjou no Maou during the novel's climax, when "Maou" successfully takes over the city.
- In the Mount & Blade mod 1429 : La Guerre de Cent Ans, "O Fortuna" is one of the main menu's themes.