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J. G. Williamson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236191

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314445

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Artistry, Expediency or Irrelevance? English Choral Translators and their Work

Artistry, Expediency or Irrelevance? English Choral Translators and their Work

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(p.103) 4 Artistry, Expediency or Irrelevance? English Choral Translators and their Work
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Words and Music
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Judith Blezzard

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236191.003.0005

In the nineteenth century, publishers in England and elsewhere addressed the English-speaking public's desire for English translations of vocal music by equipping foreign-language vocal texts with English singing texts or English prose or poetic paraphrases. Translation of vocal music brought it within the reach and relative understanding of more listeners and performers. This chapter examines the work of choral translators in nineteenth-century England, focusing on translations of sacred music and psalms by missionaries and madrigalists. It also considers translation versus recomposition, the translation of church music and in particular hymns, along with other texts such as biblical texts and secular choral music. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some pitfalls of using archaic language in English translations of vocal texts.

Keywords:   England, vocal music, translation, recomposition, hymns, church music, English translations, madrigalists, sacred music, missionaries

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