Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Italian Song Text from the 17th through the 20th Centuries. Volume II: Italian Song Texts from the 18th Century

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Italian Song Text from the 17th through the 20th Centuries. Volume II: Italian Song Texts from the 18th Century

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Martha Gerhart, Italian Song Text from the 17th through the 20th Centuries. Volume II: Italian Song Texts from the 18th Century. Geneseo, NY: Leyerle Publications, 2007. Hardbound, vi, 431 pp., $65.00. ISBN 1-878617-48-6. www.leyerle publications.com

Five years ago, Martha Gerhart and Leyerle Publications began the monumental task of publishing translations and transcriptions into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) of Italian songs and arias. Volume I, Italian Song Texts from the 17th Century (Geneseo, NY: Leyerle Publications, 2002; reviewed in Journal of Singing 60, no. 1 [September/October 2003]: 99), presented the texts set by composers born before 1675. Volume II consists of works by composers born before 1775. Gerhart combed through 158 anthologies, collections, and single prints of single works to compile a list of almost 500 songs by seventy composers. Each entry, arranged alphabetically by composer, begins with brief biographic information. The text, translations, and IPA transliterations are supplemented with an idiomatic translation, and Gerhart clarifies antiquated or poetic usage, as well as unusual words or word forms. Each entry is keyed to correlate to the sources listed in the bibliography.

As with the first volume, the purpose of the publication is not only to provide accurate translations and pronunciation guides, but also to whet the appetite of singers and teachers to explore the song literature. Gerhart limited the repertoire list to those songs and arias that are published and accessible. For many of the texts, it is the first time that translations and transliterations have been available. …

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