Carmina Burana Vs. Pictures At An Exhibition

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Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Modeste Moussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition” which was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel are both two incredibly composed pieces of music. However, the two pieces have their differences as well as similarities. Although these beautiful pieces are similar because of the effort to represent works of art, “Carmina Burana” and “Pictures At An Exhibition” are different because of the background of the composers, the instruments used, and the influences that led Carl Orff and Modeste Moussorgsky to create these epic works of art.
“Carmina Burana” and “Pictures At An Exhibition” are two wonderfully composed pieces of music, but the actual composers were very ...view middle of the document...

“Carmina Burana” is a cantata which means there is a choir accompanying the instruments. The choir is usually includes a soprano soloist, a tenor soloist, and a baritone soloist. “Pictures At An Exhibition” includes many of the same instruments. When orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, the orchestra includes flutes, oboes, piccolos, clarinets, horns, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, glockenspiel, a tuba, drums, and more. Many of the instruments in each piece are similar, however, there are some instruments that are not the same. Unlike “Carmina Burana”, “Pictures At An Exhibition” is a suite which is an ordered set of instruments usually performed in a concert setting, not including a choir. The wide range of instruments used in both pieces clearing compares the two. From the use of different instruments and choir, or lack of, we can see the similarities and difference in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Modeste Moussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition”.
The two widely known pieces, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Modeste Moussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition” were influenced by another piece of art or multiple pieces of art. “Carmina Burana” is a medieval manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts from around 1230 A.D. The authors of these poems and texts were theology students who worked within the Catholic Church. The manuscript address everyday problems...

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