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New Mexico Symphonic Chorus: Languages I've sung in
Here is a list of all the different languages I've sung in
while a member of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus or its
predecessor, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In all
those years, Roger Melone was our Fearless Leader.
There are two lists. The first is for “real,”
natural languages. The second list enumerates invented
languages. In each list I've given at least one example.
- English: Messiah, George Friedrich Handel.
- French: Trois chansons bretonnes, Henk Badings.
- German: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Johannes Brahms.
- Spanish: Missa Criolla, Ariel Ramírez.
- Latin: Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- Greek: Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;
just the words Kyrie eleison.
- Italian: “Va pensiero” from Nabucco,
- Slavonic (Russian): All night vigil (Vespers),
- Glagolitic: A Glagolitic Mass, Leoš
Janáček. Glagolitic is an ancestor of modern
Slavonic, still in use in liturgical contexts.
- Middle English: Lord of the Rings Symphony, Howard
Shore. This language was used as a stand-in for the language of
the Rohirrim, the horse-lords.
- Hebrew: Chichester Psalms, Leonard Bernstein.
- Lakota: Pauwau Symphony, Brent Michael Davids.
- Zulu: Medley from The Lion King, Hans Zimmer.
Part of a Broadway Pops concert.
The first five are from Lord of the Rings Symphony by Howard
Shore, and were invented by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Quenya, or high Elvish.
- Sindarin, or low Elvish.
- Khuzdûl, the language of the dwarves.
- Adûnaic, the language of the Ringwraiths and the Ring
- Black Speech, the language of the orcs.
- La damnation de Faust by Hector Berlioz includes
some words in
the language of the demons, as they taunt Faust during his
descent into hell. “Dif dif! Merondor! Eiskor!”
See also: New Mexico Symphonic Chorus: schedule and reviews
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Last updated: 2012/11/02 05:56:17