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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.

Adunaic
Black Speech
Czech
Dutch
English, Middle
English, Modern
French
German, Low Medieval
German, Modern
Gibberish
Hebrew
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Magyar
Norwegian
Ojibwe
Polish
Quenya
Russian
Sanskrit
Sindarin
Spanish
Urdu
Welsh
Yiddish
Zulu

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)
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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)
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Mad props to Howard Shore.
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From:ceo
Date:February 8th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Beat me to it.
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From:chaosdancer
Date:February 8th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
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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)
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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)
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*tilts head*

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

*curious*

-bs
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From:kathrynt
Date:February 8th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
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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)
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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)
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What piece saw occasion for you to sing Gibberish?
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From:kathrynt
Date:February 10th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Some high school choral piece for All-State, I think.
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