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Get Orff Off the Shelf!

Orff-Schulwerk: Background and Commentary: Articles from German and Austrian Periodicals
Stringham
1976

Submitter: Yeah, not much to say about this one. Found it while looking for books on teaching the Orff method to elementary school children. Even if the texts themselves made sense, it’s hard to see this as serving any purpose in a public library. In an academic library… No, sorry, there are more current books about music theory that will cover it better.

Holly: A music school might love to have it, but I’m with you: it has limited use in a public library. It is translations of German and Austrian commentaries – not just a book about Orff or Carmina Burana, which might actually work in some public libraries. In other news, I’m a big fan of Carmina Burana! I’ve seen it performed live several times and it’s always thrilling. #YesReally

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9 Responses to Get Orff Off the Shelf!

  • Carmina, carm-eye-na, burah-na, bur-anna, let’s Carl the whole thing Orff … [ducks and runs]

  • Sorry, couldn’t resist the joke. For those whose knowledge of music is limited to current top 40, Carmina Burana is a cantata composed by Orff in the 1930s, based on medieval texts found in an abbey library, but the content of these texts is VERY secular, and a bit racy. Actually, the opening movement, “O Fortuna”, is quite well-known; it was used as background music in a car commercial. If you Google Carmina Burana or O Fortuna, you should be able to find a performance of it on YouTube

    • Also, the National Football League without O Fortuna would be like Aunt Jemima’s pancakes with no syrup at all.

      My favorite bit in Carmina Burana is the way the tenor stands or sits around for almost the entire performance and then has to sing one short piece about being a roasted swan. One of the funniest things in all of classical music!

      I also would be interested in reading this, but yes, not in a general-interest library.

  • Ha! I would have loved to have had this to use as a research paper source in college when I was researching music education methods and the school library was woefully inadequate. But somehow I doubt the typical public library patron has the same needs.

  • Now I want to listen to the music of Wagner, Orff, and all those other light German works…..

  • It looks like the book is about Orff’s methods and theories about teaching music to children, which leans very heavily on providing simple instruments and letting the kids get creative on them. Given how his practices still very much used today, there surely is a better book about them than a forty year old compendium of awkward translations.

  • Most universities with a large music program will have access to RILM – (the big music lit aggregator). I haven’t checked recently, but my guess is there are thousands of articles going back several decades on Orff both as a composer and his teaching methods.