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Don't forget pronunciation
Study Break: What does music mean?
Finding scores online
There is a rich trove of free choral and instrumental music that has gone out of copyright floating around if you know where to look. Here are some places that might provide you with different translations and interpretations:
Dr. Kingsbury recommends the following books (all available at the SMSU Library):
- Phonetic Readings of Songs and Arias by Berton Coffin, Ralph Errolle, Werner Singer, and Pierre Delattre (1964)
MT883 .P5 1982
- Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias: Part I- German and French by Berton Coffin, Werner Singer, and Pierre Delattre (1966)
- The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults by James C. McKinney (1994)
MT820 .M44 1994
- The Ring of Words by Philip L. Miller (1963)
ML54.6 .M5 R5 1974
- The Structure of Singing by Richard Miller (1986)
MT825 .M646 1986
- Diction by John Moriarty (1975)
- Stories of the Great Operas by Ernest Newman (1930)
- Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias: Part II- Italian by Arthur Schoep and Daniel Harris (1972)
In case you get frustrated...
Remember: music is fun! (But there's a process.)