The specially designed Orff instruments include wooden xylophones, metallophones, and smaller metal glockenspiels that create a beautiful sound when played all together. These may be combined with other percussion and melody instruments to create an ensemble. The instruments have removable bars that allow teachers to easily differentiate for different players’ abilities, as the various parts may be simple and repetitive or quite challenging and complex. Students of all levels can participate and contribute to the whole of the ensemble. Playing these instruments together helps students become sensitive listeners and considerate participants. Click here to see a video of Orff Schulwerk in action with children.
**Remastered collection of Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman's eductional tools, which were widely used in German and English schools. How very Trunk!** "These important recordings have been out of print since 1958. Yes, I'll say it again, 1958. The original UK albums ran across two long-playing LPs and were translations of the German versions issued around the same time. These two volumes could only be bought separately (foolishly they were never for sale as a pair or package or box set), the trouble was both looked identical and a prospective buyer could only see the difference if they looked at the catalogue numbers or the tracklistings, which could possibly explain why it's rare to find a pair of the original LPs together. A libretto could also be bought at the time, but separately and only by post, and this little item is possibly far more scarce than the original LPs. Luckily all three parts have been brought together for the first time in musical history here in this one fine disk and package. There are a total of 85 cues all brilliantly performed by the Children of the Italia Conte school, the Children's Percussion Ensemble and Chorus Of The Children's Opera Group, plus the original notes by Walter Ellinek. And whilst the simple methods of musical education prompted by these recordings are possibly redundant these days, I'm convinced they are still as important and relevant as they ever were. It's just that we've forgotten, and modern educational methods have taken early musical teaching in new and possibly more dull directions. Play these recordings to your children, play them to your freinds, and hopefully you will find them as odd, magical, spooky and as inspiring as i do. - Jonny Trunk"
Orff’s Schulwerk (Schoolwork) was first developed in the 1920s in collaboration with colleague Dorothee Gunther at the Guntherschule in Munich. The school trained young adult women in elemental music and dance. As music director, Orff was able to realize his ideas of improvised music played on drums, rattles, pitched percussion instruments and recorders. Gunild Keetman, an outstanding Guntherschule student, became Orff’s collaborator in developing the elemental style of music. In 1928, Keetman assumed leadership of instrumental activity, teaching and composing music to accompany the Gunther Dance Troupe, which toured Europe to critical acclaim. The school was closed due to political pressure in 1944 and destroyed by bombing in 1945.