Northwest Reverb - Reflections by James Bash and others about classical music in the Pacific Northwest and beyond
Friday, December 26, 2008
Carl Orff - tortured mind of a Nazi sympathizer and liar
The Times of London recently published this engrossing article about Orff. Although his ties to the Nazis are well-known, he refused to use his connections to help save the life of Kurt Huber, an academic who had helped him with librettos. I've sung Orff's "Carmina Burana" and some of his other works many times, and have read about his Nazi sympathies, but this new additional information puts Orff at the bottom of the barrel in terms of his humanity.