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English Translations of Solo Vocal Music Texts in the Emory Libraries
A Selective List Arranged by Composer

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Terry, Charles Sanford, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Cantata Texts : Sacred and Secular. 1964.  MUSICMEDIA ML410 .B13 T39 1964

Unger, Melvin P., and Johann Sebastian Bach. Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts : An Interlinear Translation with Reference Guide to Biblical Quotations and Allusions. 1996.  THEOLOGY REFERENCE ML410 .B1 U52 1996

Brahms, Johannes

Sams, Eric. The Songs of Johannes Brahms. 2000.  MUSICMEDIA MT121 .B73 S36 2000.  Also OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 782.42168 B813S

Stark, Lucien, and Johannes Brahms. A Guide to the Solo Songs of Johannes Brahms. 1995.  MUSICMEDIA MT115 .B73 S73 1995

Chausson, Ernest

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Debussy, Claude

Debussy, Claude, Margaret G. Cobb, and Richard Miller. The Poetic Debussy : A Collection of His Song Texts and Selected Letters. Rev. 2nd ed. 1994.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .D42 C62 1994

Debussy, Claude, and Marie-Claire Rohinsky. The Singer's Debussy. 1st ed. 1987.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .D42 R62 1987

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Duparc, Henri

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Falla, Manuel de

Sobrer, Josep Miquel, and Edmon Colomer. The Singer’s Anthology of 20th Century Spanish Songs. 1987.  MUSICMEDIA REF PQ6187 .S55 1987

Faure, Gabriel

Gartside, Robert. Interpreting the Songs of Gabriel Fauré. 1996.  MUSICMEDIA ML410 .F27 G 37 1996

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Johnson, Graham.  Gabriel Fauré: The Songs and their Poets.  2009.
MUSICMEDIA ML410 .F27 J64 2009

Granados, Enrique

Sobrer, Josep Miquel, and Edmon Colomer. The Singer’s Anthology of 20th Century Spanish Songs. 1987.  MUSICMEDIA REF PQ6187 .S55 1987

Leguerney, Jacques

Dibbern, Mary, Carol Kimball, and Patrick Choukroun. Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney : A Guide for Study and Performance. 2001.  MUSICMEDIA MT121 .L44 D53 2001

Medtner, Nikolay

Drinker, Henry S. English Texts for the Songs of Nicholas Medtner. 1946.  MUSICMEDIA ML49 M26

Mompou, Federico

Sobrer, Josep Miquel, and Edmon Colomer. The Singer’s Anthology of 20th Century Spanish Songs. 1987.  MUSICMEDIA REF PQ6187 .S55 1987

Mussorgsky, Modest

English Texts for the Songs of Modest Moussorgsky (1835-1881). n.d. (1950?).  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 M9 D7

Pftzner, Hans

Mercier, Richard. The Songs of Hans Pfitzner : A Guide and Study, Music Reference Collection ; No. 64. 1998.MUSICMEDIA ML410 .P32 M47 1998

Puccini, Giacomo

Puccini, Giacomo, and Nico Castel. The Complete Puccini Libretti: with International Phonetic Alphabet Transcriptions, Word for Word Translations, including a Guide to the IPA, and Notes on the Italian Transcriptions by Nico Castel. Ed. by Marcie Stapp.  2 vols. 2d ed. 2002.  MUSICMEDIA ML49 .P75 C37 2002 v.1-2

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

Rachmaninoff, Sergei, and Natalia Challis. The Singer's Rachmaninoff. 1st ed. 1989.  MUSICMEDIAML54.6 .R18 S52 1989

Ravel, Maurice

Gartside, Robert. Interpreting the Songs of Maurice Ravel. 1992.  MUSICMEDIA ML410 .R23 G37 1992

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Rodrigo, Joaquín

Draayer, Suzanne Rhodes, and Joaquín Rodrigo. A Singer's Guide to the Songs of Joaquín Rodrigo. 1999.  MUSICMEDIA ML410 .R632 D73 1999

Schubert, Franz

Reed, John. The Schubert Song Companion. 1993.MUSICMEDIA ML410 .S3 R265 1993

Schubert, Franz, Eusebius Mandyczewski, and Henry Sandwith Drinker. Complete Song Cycles. 2 vols. 1970.  MUSICMEDIA M1620 .S38 M25

Schubert, Franz, and Henry Sandwith Drinker. Texts of the Solo Songs of Franz Schubert in English Translation. 2 vols. 1951.  MUSICMEDIA ML410 .S3 D7

Schubert, Franz, and Richard Wigmore. Schubert : The Complete Song Texts : Texts of the Lieder and Italian Songs. 1988.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .S39 W52 1988

Schütz, Heinrich

Schütz, Heinrich, and Henry Sandwith Drinker. English Texts to the Vocal Works of Heinrich Schütz. 1952.
MUSICMEDIA ML49 .S35 D7

Schumann, Robert

Schumann, Robert, and Thilo Reinhard. The Singer's Schumann. 1st ed. 1989.
MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .S4 R413 1988

Sams, Eric.  The Songs of Robert Schumann.  Rev. and enl. [3rd] ed. 1993.
MUSICMEDIA MT115 .S38 S3 1993B

Tchaikovsky, Peter

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, and Richard D. Sylvester. Tchaikovsky's Complete Songs : A Companion with Texts and Translations. 1st Ind. University Press pbk. ed. 2004.
MM-REF ML54.6 .T24 S9 2004
MM-DESK ML54.6 .T24 S9 2004 CD-SOUND (CD kept at service desk.)

Wolf, Hugo

Sams, Eric.  The Songs of Hugo Wolf.  Rev. and enl. 2nd ed.  1983.  MUSICMEDIA MT145 .W6 S3 1983.

Text Translations in Books: Multiple Composers

Song and Aria Texts in English Translation in the Emory Libraries:
A Selective List of Works Containing Texts of Multiple Composers

Bernac, Pierre. The Interpretation of French Song. 1970.  MUSICMEDIA MT892 .B4

Cockburn, Jacqueline, Richard Stokes, and Graham Johnson. The Spanish Song Companion. 1992.
GENERAL MUSICMEDIA ML2547 .S62 1992
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 782.420946 S735C

Coffin, Berton, and Arthur Schoep. Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias. 2 vols. 1966.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .W65

Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich. The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder : The Original Texts of over Seven Hundred and Fifty Songs. 1st American ed. 1980.  MUSICMEDIA REF PT1160 .E6 F5 1980

Johnson, Graham, and Richard Stokes. A French Song Companion. 2000.  MUSICMEDIA ML 54.6 .J76 F74 2000

LeVan, Timothy. Masters of the French Art Song : Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M33 1991

Masters of the Italian Art Song : Word-by-Word and Poetic Translations of the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano. 1990.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M34 1990

Miller, Philip Lieson. German Lieder. 1990.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .G275 1990

The Ring of Words: an Anthology of Song Texts. 1973.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .M5 R5 1973

Phillips, Lois. Lieder, Line by Line and Word for Word. 1st U.S. ed. 1980.  MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .P55 L5 1980

Piatak, Jean, and Regina Avrashov. Russian Songs & Arias : Phonetic Readings, Word-by-Word Translations, and a Concise Guide to Russian Diction. 1991.  MUSICMEDIA MT883 .P54 1991

Retzlaff, Jonathan.  Exploring Art Song Lyrics:  Translation and Pronunciation of the Italian, German & French Repertoire. 2012 (includes IPA transcriptions)
MUSICMEDIA ML54.6 .E97 2011

Stokes, Richard.  The Book of Lieder:  The Original Texts of over 1000 Songs.
MUSICMEDIA REFERENCE ML56.4 .B775 2005

Whicher, George Frisbie. The Goliard Poets : Medieval Latin Songs and Satires. 1949.
WOODRUFF STACKS PA8164 .G6
OXFORD BOOKSTACKS 879 W57

Acknowledgment:  the translation lists are derived from lists compiled by Diane Steinhaus of the Music Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bilingual Dictionaries (general)

The Heilbrun Music and Media Library maintains a collection of bilingual dictionaries for languages frequently encountered by music researchers.  Look for them in the Reference section under call numbers beginning with P.

Woodruff Library maintains a large collection of dictionaries for many languages in the Reference Section on the entry level and in the stacks.

Sample catalog searches for dictionaries:

This Subject search:  SPANISH LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES—ENGLISH
will find Spanish-English dictionaries.

This Subject search:  SPANISH LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES
will find Spanish–Spanish dictionaries.

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