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Welcome to this guide for exploring the vocal resources that the Albert Alphin and Stan Getz Library has to offer. The majority of these resources can be found in the Albert Alphin Library, either in the main stacks or in the music reference section (along the fireplace wall near the Quiet Room entrance).
Most of the materials listed here contain translations (word-for-word, poetic or International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)) of songs, operas, oratorios and choral works. You will also find additional books concerning guides and biographical information related to songs and opera works.
The resources are largely grouped by language, with general and online resources found on this homepage.
An online collection of IPA transcriptions and literal translations of opera aria, art song, and Latin liturgical texts.
Choral Public Domain Library
Texts and translations available via Choral Public Domain Library
World's largest reference archive of texts and translations of art songs and choral works.
Russian Art Song
IPA transcriptions and word for word translations, Song lyrics read by a native speaker, Multimedia online diction manuals, Vintage common domain sound recordings, Biographical information
There are several sites online where you can find IPA charts and quick guides. We recommend these two:
International Phonetic Alphabet
General print resources
International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by
Call Number: MT883 .W21 1989
Publication Date: 1989-01-01
he International Phonetic Alphabet is the lingua franca of vocal pedagogy. Not only does it help you teach diction, but also vocal pedagogy, especially advanced pedagogy. The IPA serves singers well because in addition to marking single phonemes and allophones with a single symbol—giving teachers and students a common reference for distinctions in sound—it marks a system of coordinating the articulators.
Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias by
Call Number: REF MT883 .P5 1982
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
Authentic pronunciation of 413 Italian, German and French lyrics from “The Singer’s Repertoire” in International Phonetic Alphabet transcription.
A Handbook of Diction for Singers by
Call Number: MT883 .A23 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-28
A Handbook of Diction for Singers is a complete guide to achieving professional levels of diction in Italian, German, and French, the three major languages of the classical vocal repertory. Written for English-speaking singers and offering thorough, consistent explanations, it is an ideal tool for students and an invaluable reference for voice teachers, vocal coaches, and conductors. The book combines traditional approaches proven successful in the teaching of diction with important new material not readily available elsewhere, presenting the sounds ofeach language in logical order, along with essential information on matters such as diacritical marks, syllabification, word stress, and effective use of the variety of foreign-language dictionaries. Presented in an attractively concise format, the book goes into greater detail thancomparable texts, providing specific information to clarify concepts typically difficult for English-speaking singers. Particular emphasis is placed on the characteristics of vowel length, the sequencing of sounds between words, as well as the differences between spoken and sung sounds in all three languages.
Call Number: REF MT872 .M67
Publication Date: 1975-01-01
A comprehensive singers' guide to the pronunciation of Italian, French, Ecclesiastical Latin and German, in an approach developed for diction classes at the New England Conservatory of Music. A thorough and scholarly treatment in a practical, easily used format.
Pronunciation guides are provided for Italian, French and German languages through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, along with 81 exercises for singing them.
Singing in Style by
Call Number: MT892 .E45 2006
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
The first historical overview of vocal performance practice and style ever published, Singing In Style provides an introduction to how such issues as ornamentation, vibrato, rubato, portamento, articulation, tempo, language, and accompaniment with period instruments have been handled since the seventeenth century. Each chapter presents a historical period and gives background information on the singers and composers, the vocal repertoire, and the stylistic conventions of that time. Specific repertoire examples are discussed as well, to show how to use the music itself as a context for making stylistic choices