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Vocal Music: Scores, Texts and Translations

Everything from choral music and opera to finding scores, lyrics, and resources for diction and more.

Music for Voice

These resources for online scores cover different musical genres. Choose those resources that best suit your needs. 

Books about song texts and translations

This is by no means a comprehensive list but it will get you started.  Remember, once you get find the book you want, look to the left and right of it to see what other resources there are for you to use.
 
 
GENERAL

Ring of words; an anthology of song texts.  Miller, Philip Lieson.  ML54.6 M649. 

Word-by-word translations of songs and arias. Berton Coffin, et al.  Ref. ML54.6 W924 v. 1-2

FRENCH, ITALIAN and SPANISH

Masters of the French art song : translations of the complete songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Fauré & Ravel.  ML54.6 M423 L6

Masters of the Italian art song : word-by-word and poetic translations of the complete songs for voice and piano.  ML54.6 M423    

Poetic Debussy : a collection of his song texts and selected letters / edited by Margaret G. Cobb ; translations by Richard Miller. ML54.6 D289 C6 1994 

Singer's Debussy / edited, with introductions and translations, by Marie-Claire Rohinsky.  ML54.6 D289 R7 

Singer’s anthology of 20th century Spanish songs.  Josep Miquel Sobrer and Edmon Colomer.  ML54.6 S617

 GERMAN TEXTS

Brahms' complete song texts : in one volume containing solo songs, duets, Liebeslieder waltzes (both sets), the Alto rhapsody, folk song arrangements.  Beaumont Glass.  Ref ML54.6 B813 S6+ Oversize

Fischer-Dieskau book of lieder : the original texts of over seven hundred and fifty songs / chosen and introduced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ; with English translations by George Bird and Richard Stokes.  ML54.6 F529 F5 

Hugo Wolf's complete song texts : in one volume containing all completed solo songs including those not published during the composer's lifetime.  Beaumont Glass.  Ref ML54.6 W853+ Oversize

Lieder line by line, and word for word / Lois Phillips. Ref ML54.6 P561 L7 1996

Richard Strauss' complete song texts : in one volume containing all solo songs including those not published during the composer's lifetime.  Beaumont Glass.  Ref ML54.6 S912 S6+ Oversize

Schubert's complete song texts : with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, and commentary.  Beaumont Glass.  Ref ML54.6 S384 S6+  (2 volumes)  Oversize

Schumann's complete song texts : in one volume containing all completed solo songs including those not published during the composer's lifetime, duets, trios, quartets.  Beaumont Glass.  Ref ML54.6 S392 V8+ Oversize

Selected song texts of great German lieder : in one volume : 251 selected lieder texts including many of the most famous songs of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, and Richard Strauss.  Beaumont Glass. Ref ML54.6 S464+ Oversize

OPERA TEXTS

 Bringing soprano arias to life.  Boris Goldovsky and Arthur Schoep.  MT892 G621 B8 1990

Complete Puccini libretti : with international phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations : including a guide to the I.P.A. and notes on the Italian transcriptions.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML49 P977+ Oversize

Complete Verdi libretti.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML49 V484+ Oversize

Der Ring des Nibelungen = The ring of the Nibelung / Richard Wagner ; with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, a guide to the IPA, and notes on the German transcriptions by Nico Castel.  Ref ML50 W134 R5 S8+ Oversize

Four Strauss opera libretti : with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, including a guide to the German I.P.A., and notes on the German transcriptions. Nico Castel.  Ref ML49 S912 O6+ Oversize

French opera libretti.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML48 F875+ Oversize

German miscellaneous opera libretti : with international phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, a guide to the IPA and notes on the German transcriptions.  Nico Castel. Ref ML48 G3732+ Oversize

Gluck & Monteverdi opera libretti : international phonetic alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, notes on the French and Italian transcriptions.  Nico Castel.  ML48 .G567 V. 1+ Oversize

Handel opera libretti / with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, notes on the Italian transcriptions by Nico Castel.  Ref ML49 H135 O6+ Oversize

Italian belcanto opera libretti.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML48 .I87+ Oversize

Italian verismo opera libretti : in two volumes.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML48 I89+ Oversize

Libretti of Mozart’s completed operas: in two volumes.  Nico Castel.  Ref ML49 .M939 C3+ Oversize

Libretti of Russian operas : with international phonetic alphabet transcriptions and word-for-word translations, including a guide to the IPA and Russian lyric diction.  Nico Castel. Ref ML48 .L6972+ Oversize

RUSSIAN TEXTS

Mussorgsky's complete song texts : Russian texts of the complete songs of Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky.  Ref ML54.6 M987 S6+

Rachmaninov's complete song texts : Russian texts of the complete songs of Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov.  Ref ML54.6 R119 S6+

Russian songs & arias: phonetic readings, word-by-word translations, and a concise guide for Russian Diction.  Jean Piatak and Regina Avrashov.  ML54.6 R969 P5+ Oversize

Selected nineteenth century Russian song texts : Russian texts of songs by Abaza, Aliabiev, Arensky, Balakirev, Borodin, Bulakhov, Cui, Dargomyzhsky, Dubuque, Glinka, Gurilyov, Kharito, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Varlamov, Verstovsky, and Yakovlev.  Ref ML54.6 .R535 S4+

Shostakovich's complete song texts : Russian texts of the complete songs of Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich.  Ref ML54.6 S559 S6+

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