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February 8th, 2012
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Languages Redux
I keep updating this list becauseI keep adding languages to it. This is all the languages I've sung in. This iteration adds Ojibwe and takes the asterisk off of Zulu, as I have now done a piece where I actually had a straight up zulu *verse*. Including a word with a click in it.

Black Speech
English, Middle
English, Modern
German, Low Medieval
German, Modern

I need K, T, V, and X. Who wants to write an opera in Xhosa for me?

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From: ceo
Date:February 8th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I love that both Quenya and Sindarin are on the list.
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From: kathrynt
Date:February 8th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Mad props to Howard Shore.
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From: ceo
Date:February 8th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I missed Adunaic and Black Speech. Still need Khuzdul, though. :-)
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From: kathrynt
Date:February 8th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
The piece had Khuzdul in it, but it was for men's chorus.
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From: tashabear
Date:February 8th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Clearly you need to sing something like La Boheme in the original Klingon.
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From: johnpalmer
Date:February 8th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Huh. Chekov told me that the Klingons stole it from the Russians.
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From: sistawendy
Date:February 9th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Beat me to it.
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From: chaosdancer
Date:February 8th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Have you ever been part of a complaint choir? Those look fun. :)
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From: johnpalmer
Date:February 8th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, if it had been rap... oh, wait you said *Xhosa*, never mind.

(Do this right, and you walk away from someone frantically trying to find a language with a name similar enough to Xhosa to cause the confusion. No pun intended.)
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From: boogieshoes
Date:February 8th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
*tilts head*

so it looks like you've been in a musical production of Lord of the Rings?


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From: kathrynt
Date:February 8th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yep, in 2004 I did the LOTR Symphony with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Howard Shore. It was pretty cool. I still have the score.
From: acw
Date:February 8th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
The top K language is Korean; get the choir to do some version of "Arirang".

For major T languages, the top two are Telugu and Tamil, both Dravidian languages without much Western-accessible choral music, being firmly in the Indian-Classical-Music orbit. The next one is Turkish, which is more promising.

Vietnamese is by far the most major V language, and I know from experience that pronunciation is a big challenge, and the music is not very Western-accessible. You might make a case for Valencian, but it's really a variety of Catalan. Venetian is a divergent Italian variety.

X is of course the hardest one. Xhosa is the obvious choice, and Xhosa songs can be very pretty.
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From: colorwhirl
Date:February 10th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
What piece saw occasion for you to sing Gibberish?
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From: kathrynt
Date:February 10th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Some high school choral piece for All-State, I think.
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