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I’m pretty sure this is not the libretto we want, but the one we deserve. :)

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Went with the family to see this on the weekend.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra did a splendid job with the piece.

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.

Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
obumbrata
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me![

Singing is not about the notes.  Singing is about putting words and sound together into a formless, yet structured package that allows you to express a feeling or sentiment.  One aspect of making a performance “come to life” is correctly using the text of the song to express the feeling of the composer.  This video is all about *not* doing that. :)

Who says you cannot have fun with classical choral repertoire?

Singers: Anita Rywalska, Renata Drozd, Marcin Pomykała, Kamil Pękala tackle Orff, Mercury and ABBA.  :>

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