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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Old World Vs. New World Pt. 2

posted by on September 6 at 14:34 PM

This week I’ve got another German for you. This time though we’re starting out in the 20th century.


Carl Orff is probably better known for his dance and choral suite, Carmina Burana, but today’s piece comes from a series of sketches he wrote before WWII for children. They were meant to introduce young children to rhythm and poetry, through very simple, and frankly minimal sounds. Collectively they are called Schulwerk, or School Work.

Some are arrangements for recorders and wooden blocks, some are for vocals and snare drums(!), but the most famous of his Schulwerk is his the first movement of his Vier Stucke fur Xylophon. The moment you hear it, you will instantly recognize it. These pieces for xylophone were used in the film Badlands. For these pieces Orff had special little xylophone’s made for children, and each child learned a specific part, so that when played together they made a unified and powerful whole. I actually think these are too hard for young children to learn, and especially after you hear the intracasies when professionals play them, as below.


To that mix I give you the minimalist German techno group, To Rococo Rot. They are powerfully steeped in contemporary classical European music, and I think it really shows in their piece here, Cars.

Carl Orff - Schulwerk
To Rococo Rot - Cars

Last weeks installment of Old World Vs. New World is here.

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Thanks for these posts and accompanying downloads, Terry. My iTunes is richer.

Posted by Paulus | September 6, 2007 4:30 PM

Thanks for the Carl Orff mp3.
I will keep writing this until it happens. Please write for the Stranger more often.

Posted by Biggie J | September 6, 2007 11:04 PM

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