O Fortuna! The Charm of the Wheel of Fortune

O Fortuna from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana has been a piece of beloved classical music across modern movies and TV programmes. The heavy rhythmic percussion with dramatic melodies always create an instant epic and tense atmosphere; its Latin lyrics, on the other hand, have inspired vloggers to make hilarious, nonsense parodies. Yet, very few people know that this masterpiece from the 1930s came from a much older time, containing darker messages from rebellious young men with no future. Carmina Burana servers well as a mirror to reflect the lives in the 13th century in Central Europe in the form of Goliardic Poetry.