It has been used to advertise coffee and perfume, to rouse the spirit at football games, and even been hijacked for house music and rap. The Carmina Burana does indeed seem indestructible. But who originally wrote these strange songs in Latin and old German? What are they all about? And how did they become the enduring legacy of a 20th century German composer?
Produced and presented by Dheera Sujan
Broadcast in Vox Humana 19 December 2004