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Vocal Arts

Carmina Burana

This page contains resources for choir members preparing to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

Scroll down to find the notes from the UALR Community Chorus’s Spring 2009 rehearsals, as well as links to audio files, translation texts, the full Carmina Burana score, and recordings that you can use to practice between rehearsals.

Rehearsal Notes

Note:  All choir members are responsible for downloading the notes from each week’s rehearsal.  As we approach our concert date, the notes will be used to indicate whether specific singers have been asked to sing another part to address balance or tonal issues.  Please mark any changes in your score before you come to the next rehearsal.

March 12: New notes on 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9b/d, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, and 24.  Men, check voice assignments on (5) Ecce gratum, and Women’s Chorus, check voice assignments on (7) Floret silva.

Monday’s rehearsal will be held in the University Theatre, not the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.  Download a marked campus map (PDF) to locate the theatre and nearby free parking. On Tuesday we will be back in the SBS concert hall, and all rehearsals thereafter will be at Second Presbyterian.  For driving directions to Second Presbyterian, visit their website.

March 5: New notes on 2, 7, 8, 9b/d, 10, 14, and 22.

Feb. 26: All movements reviewed; new notes on 1, 5, 7, 8, 9b/d, 22, and 24.

Feb. 19: Movements reviewed — 2, 8, 18, 22, 14 (men only), 5 (men only).  Alto 2 women, check these notes for a new assignment on movement 7 (Floret silva).

Feb. 12: Movements reviewed — 1, 2, 5, 7, 9b/d, 20, 22, and 24.  Check the notes for information about voice assignments on Blanziflor et Helena and next week’s split rehearsal (February 19).

Feb. 5: SATB rehearsal — Fortune plango vulnera (2), Ecce gratum (5), Floret silva (7), Swaz hie gat umbe (9b/d), Were diu verlt alle min (10); Men’s rehearsal – Olim lacus colueram (12), Ego sum abbas (13), In taberna quando sumus (14), Si puer cum puellula (19)

Jan. 29: Chramer, gip die varwe mir (8); Tempus est iocundum (22); and reviews of Floret silva (7); Swaz hie gat umbe (9b/d); Were diu verlt alle min (10); Veni, veni, venias (20)

Jan. 22:  Floret silva (7); Swaz hie gat umbe (9b/d); Were diu verlt alle min (10); Veni, veni, venias (20); and reviews of O Fortuna (1), Fortune plango vulnera (2), and Circa mea pectora (18)

Jan. 15:  O Fortuna (1), Fortune plango vulnera (2), Ecce gratum (5), Circa mea pectora (18) 

Rehearsal Snack List

Have you volunteered to bring snacks to rehearsal — or would you like to volunteer?  Visit this page to see who has signed up for which dates and where we need more help.

Learning MIDIs

You can download free audio MIDI files to listen to your part by itself or all parts together at the CyberBass choral website.  These files play well on most desktop and laptop computers (using software such as Windows Media Player or Real Player), but they cannot be burned to CDs to play in your car or stereo. 

You can purchase a CD for your part that will work in your car or stereo from the CyberBass site for $25, payable through PayPal.

Full Score

You can purchase the full score with all parts, published by Schott Editions, from Sheet Music Plus ($28 plus shipping), from ($23.10 plus shipping, but currently out of stock), or from the Amazon Marketplace Sellers (prices range from $21 - $40 depending on the merchant).

Recommended Recording

Dr. Keating recommends the 1990 version of Carmina Burana conducted by James Levine and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the recording most similar to the sound and diction that our choir will be working to produce.  You can purchase the entire CD from this page at, or scroll further down the page and purchase MP3s of individual movements.


To sing the movements with appropriate expression, you should familiarize yourself with at least one English translation of the text — and you may want to add translation notes to your copy of the score.  Translations available on the web include versions posted by Classical.Net, by Maarten Guerts, and by David Parlett.

For Your Entertainment

Struggling with that Latin text?  Need something to make you laugh in between hours of rehearsal?  You are not alone.  Check out this disturbingly funny take on “O Fortuna”: The Misheard Lyrics of Carmina Burana (Warning: contains some mildly racy imagery)


Updated 8.29.2010