Kathryn - 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.
German, Low Medieval
I need K, T, V, and X. Who wants to write an opera in Xhosa for me?
Tags: languages, languages i've sung in, music, singing
|Date:||February 8th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)|| |
I love that both Quenya and Sindarin are on the list.
Mad props to Howard Shore.
|Date:||February 8th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh, and I missed Adunaic and Black Speech. Still need Khuzdul, though. :-)
The piece had Khuzdul in it, but it was for men's chorus.
Clearly you need to sing something like La Boheme in the original Klingon.
Huh. Chekov told me that the Klingons stole it from the Russians.
Have you ever been part of a complaint choir? Those look fun. :)
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.
so it looks like you've been in a musical production of Lord of the Rings?
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.
|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.
What piece saw occasion for you to sing Gibberish?
|Date:||February 10th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Some high school choral piece for All-State, I think.