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Music: Translation and Pronunciation

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Translation and Pronunciation

You can find many collections of translations and pronunciation in the Dunbar Library Reference Collection in the following call number ranges: ML48ML49ML50ML54.6MT883. You can find additional resources on the third floor in the following call number ranges: ML48-ML54.7 and MT883.

  • Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias: Authentic Pronunciation of 413 Italian, German and French Lyrics from "The Singer's Repertoire" in International Phonetic Alphabet Transcription  [Reference MT 883 .C63]
  • Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias  [Reference ML54.6 .W65]
  • The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts (Poetic only)  [Reference ML54.6 .M5 R5 1973]

Diction Manuals

For diction manuals in the Wright State University Libraries, click the links below.

Translation and pronunciation books in the Dunbar Library Reference Collection

The following is a list of books in the WSU library reference collection that contain translations and/or IPA phonetic readings of song, aria, and other vocal music texts. A T before a title indicates the book includes translations (word-by-word unless otherwise notes); a P indicates the presence of phonetic readings. If you want to browse the Reference Collection of books of translations and pronunciations, look for the following call numbers: ML48ML49ML50ML54.6MT883.

French

T/P - French opera libretti by Nico Castel. (3 vols) [Reference ML48 .F875 1999]
T - Masters of the French art song: translations of the complete songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel, by Timothy LeVan. [Reference ML54.6 .M33 1991]
P - Pronunciation guide for The French song anthology [Reference MT883 .P76 2008]
T/P - Debussy - The singer's Debussy, by Marie-Claire Rohinsky. [Reference ML54.6 .D42 R62 1987]
T/P - Poulenc - Francis Poulenc: selected song texts, by Martin Néron [Reference ML54.6.P68 N47 2010]
T/P - Fauré - Interpreting the songs of Gabriel Fauré, by Robert Gartside. [Reference ML54.6 .F38 G37 1996]
T/P - Ravel - Interpreting the songs of Maurice Ravel, by Robert Gartside. [Reference ML54.6 .R23 G37 1992]

German

T - Dix cycles de lieder = Ten cycles of Lieder: Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, by Marie-Therese Paquin. [Reference ML54.6 .D58]
T/P - German miscellaneous opera libretti [Reference ML48 .G373 2005]
T - Lieder line by line, and word by word, by Lois Phillips. 2nd ed. [Reference ML54.6 .P55 L5 1996]
P - Pronunciation guide for the lieder anthology [Reference MT883 .P765 2008]
T - Translations and annotations of choral repertoire, by Ron Jeffers. v.2: German texts. [Reference ML48 .J44 1988]
T/P - Brahms - Brahms' complete songs texts: in one volume containing solo songs, duets, Liebeslieder waltzes (both sets), the Alto rhapsody, folk song arrangements, by Beaumont Glass. [Reference ML54.6 .B82 G52 1999]
P - Brahms - Phonetic readings of Brahms Lieder, by Candace A. Magner. [Reference MT883 .M23 1987]
T/P - Mozart - The libretti of Mozart's completed operas, by Nico Castel. (2 vols) [Reference ML49 .M83 C315 1997]
T/P - Schubert - Schubert's complete song texts, by Beaumont Glass. (2 vols) [Reference ML54.6 .S34 S66 1996]
P - Schubert - Phonetic readings of Schubert Lieder, by Candace A. Magner. [Reference MT883 .M25 1994]
T/P - Schumann - Schumann's complete song texts, by Beaumont Glass. [Reference ML54.6 .S387 G52 2002]
T/P - Schumann - The singer's Schumann, by Thilo Reinhard. [Reference ML54.6 .S4 R413 1989]
T/P - Strauss - Four Strauss opera libretti, by Nico Castel. [Reference ML49 .S912 C3 2002]
T/P - Strauss - Richard Strauss' complete song texts [Reference ML54.6 .S77 2004]
T/P - Wagner - Three Wagner opera libretti [Reference ML49 .W134 2006]
T/P - Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen [Reference ML50.W14 R32 2003]
T/P - Wolf - Hugo Wolf's complete song texts, by Beaumont Glass. [Reference ML54.6 .W853 G52 2000]

Italian

T - Arie antiche, by Dorothy Richardson and Tina Ruta. [Reference ML54.6 .A75 1990]
T/P - Italian belcanto opera libretti, by Nico Castel. (3 vols.) [Reference ML48 .I882 2000]
T/P - Italian song texts from the 17th through the 20th centuries, by Martha Gerhart. [Reference ML54.6 .I85 2002]
T/P - Italian verismo opera libretti, by Nico Castel. [Reference ML48 .I884 2000]
T - Masters of the Italian art song, by Timothy LeVan. (Bellini, Donaudy, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Tosti, Verdi) [Reference ML54.6 .M34 1990]
T/P - Handel - Handel opera libretti [Reference ML49 .H236 2005]
T/P - Mozart - The libretti of Mozart's completed operas, by Nico Castel. (2 vols) [Reference ML49 .M83 C315 1997]
T/P - Puccini - The complete Puccini libretti, by Nico Castel. (2 vols) [Reference ML49 .P83 N53 1993]
T/P - Verdi - The complete Verdi libretti, by Nico Castel. (4 vols) [Reference ML49 .V484 1994]

Latin

T - Translations and annotations of choral repertoire, by Ron Jeffers. v.1: Latin texts. [Reference ML48 .J44 1988]
P - Singer's manual of Latin diction and phonetics, by Robert S. Hines. (Includes phonetic readings for common liturgical texts.) [Reference MT883 .H55]

Russian

T/P - Libretti of Russian operas [Reference ML48 .L53 2004]
T/P - Selected nineteenth century Russian song texts [Reference ML54.6.R52 S45 2005]
T/P - Mussorgsky - Mussorgsky's complete song texts, by Laurence R. Richter. [Reference ML54.6 .M9 R6 2002]
T/P - Rachmaninoff - Rachmaninov's complete song texts, by Laurence R. Richter. [Reference ML54.6 .R119 R4 2000]
T/P - Rachmaninoff - The singer's Rachmaninoff, by Natalia Challis. [Reference ML54.6 .R18 S52 1989]

Czech

T/P - Dvorák - The song and duet texts of Antonín Dvorák [Reference ML54.6.D9 S66 2003]

Spanish

T/P - The singer's anthology of 20th century Spanish songs, by Josep Miguel Sobrer and Edmon Colomer. [Reference ML54.6 .S563 1987]
T - The Spanish song companion, by Jacqueline Cockburn and Richard Stokes. (Poetic only) [Reference ML54.6 .S76 1992]

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