Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 08:30AM - 11:00PM

UMD Repertoire Orchestra: French First and Fortuna

Wed, Apr 24, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Directors John Devlin and Jason Ethridge
Baritone Andrew McLaughlin

Photograph of a violinThe UMD Repertoire Orchestra welcomes world-renowned musicologist Dr. Robert Orledge for a program entitled French First and Fortuna, featuring the world premiere of Dr. Orledge's edition of Claude Debussy's La saulaie: Poeme pour baryton et orchestra. An expert on French music, Dr. Orledge has done significant work in the areas of Debussy, Poulenc, Satie, and Fauré studies, as well as other French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Left incomplete by Debussy after his initial work on the piece between 1896 and 1900, La saulaie has been rediscovered and completed by Dr. Orledge.

Following this landmark premiere is Carl Orff's scenic cantata Carmina Burana, a twentieth-century composition based on the eponymous collection of medieval poetry. Join the UMD Repertoire Orchestra for this path-breaking performance and learn more about Debussy, Orff, and Robert Orledge in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Dr. Robert Orledge in MSPAL:

  • Books featuring writings by Robert Orledge
  • Scores edited by Dr. Orledge
  • Recordings with program notes written by Robert Orledge

Biographies of composer Claude Debussy

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

  • Interested in learning more about the medieval poetry that inspired Orff's Carmina Burana? Learn more through these University of Maryland resources - and don't miss the facsimile of the original manuscript, held in the special collections of MSPAL!
  • Recordings of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
  • Scores of the cantata
  • Books: Interested in learning the story behind the composition of this most well-known of Orff's works or reading critical commentary and analysis? Visit MSPAL to explore these resources.
  • Learn more about Orff's life and other works in these biographies of the composer.

Streaming audio:

Are you familiar with "O fortuna" but have never gotten around to listening to the rest of Carmina Burana? Check out these streaming playlists, available through the Naxos Music Library and Alexander Street Press's Classical Music Library.