Tuesday, February 19, 2008

O Fortunate Rock

In my Latin III classes we are translating O Fortuna from the Carmina Burana. The Latin is not difficult and the students enjoy honing their skills on something short and sweet. What made the class sweeter was playing the music to this poem and seeing my students' eyes light up as they immediately recognized the tune. I asked them where they had heard this music before and they offered several movies and commercials... one girl even suggested The Lion King.

I then played the rock version of O Fortuna by a band called Therion and I had them hooked. If you haven't heard this version before, go to iTunes and give it a listen... it is truly impressive and will replay over and over in your head.

There's something to be said when the Latin students leave the room and saunter down the hall whistling or humming the music from O Fortuna!


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back and happy you're surviving! I did O Fortuna with my kids one year - the result was just as you describe here. It's easy, invigorating, and - strangely enough - a great sing-along! Thanks for the Therion suggestion.

Mark A. Keith said...

Of course I did the dutiful thing and pointed them in the direction of iTunes... Most just wanted to borrow my disk to make copies.

Anonymous said...

Most of us ended up using Limewire