What is this classical/choral piece?

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  1. Brenton

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    I'm looking for a specific classical choral piece. I don't know what it's called or the name of the composer (I'm not familiar with classical music beyond those composers that everyone knows).

    It's used semi-frequently in movies and TV for an "epic" sound (as a matter of fact, it was used on this week's SNL for "The Falconer" when Daniel the Falcon and that muskrat were competing for their territory [​IMG] ).

    People who I've played it for have just shrugged and told me that it sounds like something out of LOTR or Star Wars.

    If my description doesn't ring a bell, you can hear it at Star Wars prequel artist Doug Chiang's website. Download the "Robota" teaser trailer to hear it (it may be on the full trailer as well, I haven't downloaded it).

    It might be Russian.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Ron Biles

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    The name of the piece is Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. I remember it most from the film Excalibur, though it's been used in many others.
     
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    Carmina Burana is a collection of songs arranged in a suite-like structure. It is original German 18th century music, but designed to convey the spirit of folk culture, mysticism, and naturalism.

    The first song in this large work is O Fortuna, the piece that is used a lot in popular media. This and the following song, Fortuna Plengo Vulnera, serve as an overture to the whole piece. The lyrics are about fortune and fate, I believe.

    It's usually used to convey urgency or danger, but that's not what the song is about. [​IMG]

    I wonder who used it first.
     
  5. Brenton

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    Thank you so much, guys.
     
  6. Dennis Nicholls

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    One DVD-audio version is available:

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    Just a warning to the original poster, though. The fact that you like O Fortuna doesn't necessarily mean you'll like the rest of Carmina Burana, I sure didn't. I like lots of classsical and choral music, but aside from O Fortuna I just can't get into Carmina Burana. So before you go spending $15-20 you might want to find some samples from an online store and make sure it's something you'll really like. Otherwise you'll be paying for a disc that has about 2.5 minutes of music on it that you actually like.
     
  10. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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    "O Fortuna" is way cool. If you want to hear it plagiarized, James Horner rips it off quite nicely in the climactic battle scene in Glory.
     
  11. Dennis Nicholls

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  12. Eric_E

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    Ugh. I used to love "O Fortuna" until it became the most clich├ęd, hackneyed piece of music in history. For God's sake, when they use it in Jackass, you know it's played out. But hey, if you haven't heard it as much as I have and you really like it, I'm happy for you.
     
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    If you do like Carmina Burana, be approach the rest of Carl Orff's work with caution, which can at times be a little austere (and without the memorable tunes of Carmina Burana).
     

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