O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff
By far the most inquired about classical work, O Fortuna is played in hundreds of movies, television programs, commercials, and other forms of media. Many who have heard this famous piece can hum the melody and often describe it as haunting, foreboding, and big. O Fortuna is the opening movement to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a work for large orchestra, choir, and solo vocalists.
Hear O Fortuna in the movies Cheaper by the Dozen, Natural Born Killers, and The Bachelor.