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Born: 1895, Munich, Germany
Died: 1982, Munich
"Melody and speech belong together. I reject the idea of a pure music."
After military service in World War I, Orff was a theater conductor in Mannheim and Darmstadt, and "total theater" would be the goal of most of his compositions. He wrote a number of musical plays, opera-ballets, scenic cantatas, and similar mixed forms, reviving the style of early music, refreshed with sharply accented rhythmic patterns and pungent counterpoint. He was also a vastly influential music educator, creating training methods and simplified percussion instruments for elementary school children.
Catulli Carmina (scenic cantata, 1943)
Leipzig Radio Symphony, Kegel (Berlin Classics)
Antigonae (opera, 1949)
Bavarian State Opera, Solti (Orfeo)