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Music 558: Vocal Literature: Texts & Translations

Information to help students researching vocal literature

Online Sources

CD and LP Liner Notes

In a pinch, another source for texts and translations are the notes that come with many CDs and LPs.

English Drama

Texts & Translations

Anthologies


Opera Libretti

  • The complete Puccini libretti / with international phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML49 P82C2 Reference
  • The complete Verdi libretti / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML49 V47C2 Reference
  • French opera libretti / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, including a guide to the I.P.A. and notes on the French transcriptions by Nico Castel ML48 F746 Reference
  • German miscellaneous opera libretti : with international phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML48 G468 Reference
  • Italian belcanto opera libretti / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML48 I835 Reference
  • Italian verismo opera libretti : in two volumes / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML48 I838 Reference
  • The libretti of Mozart’s completed operas : in two volumes / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations by Nico Castel. ML49 M69C3 Reference

Individual composers

Bach

Brahms 

Debussy 

Faure

Mussorgsky

Rachmaninoff 

  • The singer's Rachmaninoff / edited, with introductions and translations by Natalia Challis. 1st ed. New York : Pelion Press, 1989. ML54.6R18S5 Reference
  • Rachmaninov's complete song texts : Russian texts of the complete songs of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov / with phonetic transcriptions, literal and idiomatic English translations by Laurence R. Richter. ML54.6.R18 S66R3 2000 Reference 

Ravel

Schubert

Schumann


Language of origin

French 

Italian 

Spanish 

  • The Spanish song companion / devised and translated by Jacqueline Cockburn & Richard Stokes, with an introduction and notes by Graham  Johnson. London :Victor Gollancz, 1992. ML54.6S68 Reference
  • The Singer's anthology of 20th century Spanish songs / edited, with introductions and translations by Josep Miquel Sobrer and Edmon Colomer.  1st ed. New York : Pelion Press, 1987.  ML54.6S56  Reference

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