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Carl Orff <i>Man of Legend</i>

Michael H. Kater

in Composers of the Nazi Era

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195099249
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870004 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.003.0005
Carl Orff Man of Legend

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This chapter begins by examining Carl Orff's anti-Nazi records. It then discusses the factors that influenced Orff's artistic impulses. It describes Orff as a modernist, but an idiosyncratic musician. It narrates the nazification of the cultural institutions in Germany. It discusses that the Carmina Burana success story in the last years of the Third Reich raises again the problem of the National Socialist quality of Orff's music, as it was composed and performed under Hitler, apart from Orff's personal status as a Nazi, on which the evidence is unequivocal. It narrates Carl Orff's successes after the capitulation of the Nazi government. It also mentions the hypothesis of Carl Orff having a mental disorder.

Keywords: Carmina Burana; anti-Nazi records; Carl Orff; Germany; nazification; mental disorder

Chapter.  17171 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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