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Music Library Guide: Song translations

a library guide for Music & Dance students

Translations

There are many aids to understanding, interpreting and pronouncing the foreign texts of vocal music.  Some examples:

Lieder

  • Lieder line by line: and word for word.  Beethoven -- Schubert -- Schumann -- Wagner -- Brahms -- Wolf -- Mahler -- Strauss.
    TR 784.8 PHIKept at the Circulation Desk.
  • The Ring of words :  an anthology of song texts. Original texts selected and translated. Over 300 art songs of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Norway, and Sweden, with line-by-line English translations.
    TR  784.3 RING Kept at the Circulation Desk.
  • Word-by-word translations of songs and arias. A companion to the singer's repertoire. Pt. 1. German and French. Pt. 2. Italian.
    TR 782.42 WORD
  •  Italian song texts from the 17th through the 20th centuries. With international phonetic alphabet transliteration, word-for-word literal translation, and idiomatic translation by Martha Gerhart.
    TR  782.10268 ITAL
  • The Fischer-Dieskau book of lieder. The original texts of over seven hundred and fifty songs / chosen and introduced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ; with English translations by George Bird and Richard Stokes.
    TR 782.42168 FISC
  • The book of Lieder.The original texts of over 1000 songs / chosen, translated, and introduced by Richard Stokes .
    T  782.42168 BOOK
  • The Penguin book of Lieder. Without the music. German and English words.
    T  784.8 PRA
  • Masters of the French art song. Translations of the complete songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel.
    T  784.3 LEVA

Composers

  • Brahms.  Brahms' complete song texts.
    TR 782.10268 BRAH
  • Debussy. The singer's Debussy. Includes original French texts, with pronunciations in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and English translations.
    T  784.3 DEBU
  • RachmaninoffThe singer's Rachmaninoff. Includes original Russian texts, with pronunciations in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and English translations.
    T  784.3 RACH
  • Schubert, Franz. The complete song texts. Texts of the lieder and Italian songs with English translations by Richard Wigmore.
    T  784.3 SCHUB

Nico Castel Series

  • French opera libretti. International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 FREN
    • Vol. 1: Werther / Massenet -- Carmen / Bizet -- Samson et Dalila / Saint-Saëns -- Lakâme / Delibes -- Pelléas et Mélisande/ Debussy -- Chérubin / Mannenet -- Don Carlos (French version) / Verdi -- Les contes d'Hoffmann / Offenbach.
    • Vol. 2: Faust / Gounod -- Roméo et Juliette / Gounod -- La juive / Halévy -- Mignon / Thomas -- Hamlet / Thomas -- Thaïs / Massenet -- Les pêcheurs de perles / Bizet -- Manon / Massenet.
    • Vol. 3: Le prophète / Meyerbeer -- Cendrillon / Massenet -- Louise / Charpentier -- Don Quichotte / Massenet -- Les Huguenots / Meyerbeer -- Les Troyens / Berlioz.
       
  •  German miscellaneous opera libretti. International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 GERM
    • Fliegende Holländer / Wagner -- Lohengrin / Wagner -- Tannhäuser / Wagner -- Lustigen Weiber von Windsor / Nicolai -- Fidelio / Beethoven -- Freischütz / Weber -- Hänsel und Gretel / Humperdinck.
  • Gluck & Monteverdi opera libretti. International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 GLUC
    • Orfeo ed Euridice -- Alceste -- Iphigénie en Aulide -- Iphigénie en Tauride -- L'Orfeo -- Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria -- L'incoronazione di Poppea.
       
  • Handel, George Frideric. International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 HAND
    • Vol. 1: Rodelinda -- Alcina -- Agrippina -- Giulio Cesare -- Rinaldo -- Ottone.
    • Vol. 2: Ariodante -- Serse -- Orlando -- Partenope -- Tamerlano -- Radamisto -- Lotario.
  • Italian belcanto opera libretti. International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 ITAL
    • Vol. 1: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Rossini -- Il Turco in Italia / Rossini -- Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti -- L'elisir d'amore / Donizetti -- Lucrezia Borgia / Donizetti -- Norma / Bellini -- I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Bellini.
    • Vol. 2: La Cenerentola / Rossini -- L'Italiana in Algeri / Rossini -- La sonnambula / Bellini -- Anna Bolena / Donezetti -- Maria Stuarda / Donizetti -- Roberto Devereux / Donizetti -- Don Pasquale / Donizetti -- I puritani / Bellini.
    • Vol. 3: Guillaume Tell / Rossini -- Le comte Ory / Rossini -- Otello / Rossini -- Semiramide / Rossini -- Il viaggio a Reims / Rossini -- La fille du régiment / Donizetti -- La favorite / Donizetti -- Beatrice di Tenda / Bellini.
  • Italian verismo opera libretti. International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 ITAL
    • Andrea Chénier / Giordano -- Fedora / Giordano -- Adriana Lecouvreur / Cilea -- La Bohème / Leoncavallo -- Mefistofele / Boito -- Cavalleria rusticana / Mascagni -- I pagliacci / Leoncavallo -- La Gioconda / Ponchielli -- L'amico Fritz / Mascagni.
  • Libretti of Russian Operas.  Operas based on the poetry of Alexander Pushkin.  International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 LIBR
    • Vol. 1: Russlan and Ludmilla / Glinka -- Boris Godunov / Mussorgsky -- Eugene Onegin / Tchaikovsky -- The Queen of Spades / Tchaikovsky -- Aleko / Rachmaninoff -- The Golden Cockerel / Rimsky-Korsakov.
  • The Libretti of Mozart's completed operas.  International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 MOZA
    • Vol. 1: Bastien und Bastienne -- La Clemenza di Tito -- Così fan Tutte -- Don Giovanni -- Die Entführung aus dem Serail -- La finta giardiniera -- La finta semplice.
    • Vol. 2: Idomeneo -- Lucio Silla -- Mitridate, Re di Ponto -- Le nozze di Figaro -- Il Re Pastore -- Die Schauspieldirektor -- Die Zauberflöte.
       
  • The complete Puccini libretti. International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 PUCC
    • Vol. 1: La Bohème -- Edgar -- La Fanciulla del West -- Madama Butterfly -- Manon Lescaut.
    • Vol. 2: La Rondine -- Tosca -- Il Tabarro -- Suor Anggelica -- Gianni Schicchi -- Le Villi.
       
  • Strauss, Richard. Four Strauss opera libretti. International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 STRA
    • Der Rosenkavalier -- Elektra -- Salome -- Ariadne auf Naxos.
       
  • The Complete Verdi libretti.  International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 VERD
    • Vol. 1:Aïda -- Alzira -- Aroldo -- Attila -- Un ballo in maschera -- La battaglia di Legnano - Il Corsaro.
    • Vol. 2:Don Carlo -- I due Foscari -- Ernani -- Falstaff -- La forza del destino -- Giovanna d'Arco -- Un giorno di Regno.   
    • Vol. 3:I Lombardi -- Luisa Miller -- Macbeth -- I Masnadieri -- Nabucco -- Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio -- Otello.
    • Vol. 4:Rigoletto -- Simon Boccanegra -- Stiffelio -- La Traviata -- Il Trovatore -- I vespri Siciliani.
  • Wagner, Richard. International phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations.
    TR 782.10268 WAGN
    • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg -- Tristan und Isolde -- Parsifal -- Das Rheingold -- Die Walküre -- Siegfried -- Götterdämmerung.