Thank-you all very much for all of your helpful
information. I've got some good contacts and ideas for
learning and translating this text. My ultimate goal
is to learn to speak this text, and I hope to do a
senior recital and then perform some of them.
Thank-you again! This is such a great resource!
UNT Music Ed Major
There's a very good Russian to English transliteration
file (free!) you can
download from Handlo Music that should help you with
www.handlo.com (I freelance for Handlo....)
If you can't find it I'll be glad to email the
As for your search, have you tried www.musica.org?
There's a search database
and I think they've started adding translations as
A last approach might be to see whether babelfish
(search for it through
google- I don't have the address>) can do the
translation (a rough one!)for
you. I can't remember whether they do Russian or not-
but it's worth a look
for any singer.
Hope you find what you need.....
(UNFORTUNATELY WE DO NOT HAVE A RUSSIAN DEPARTMEN)
See whether there's a Russian department, or any
native Russian faculty
members. At a school that size, there should be. You
don't just need a
translation, you need drilling on pronunciation.
That's why Westerners
generally ignore some absolutely wonder literature by
Mousorgsky, and other Russian composers. I wouldn't
expect to find what
you need on the web, believe it or not.
John & Susie Howell
Virginia Tech Department of Music
Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. 24061-0240
Vox (540) 231-8411 Fax (540) 231-5034
Haven't found text or translation yet, but there's a
1999 obituary on the
composer you may find interesting:
"Russian Notebook" is the title translation of your
There's an interesting paragraph about the cycle in
the Dictionary> article on Gavrilin.
If you'd like to have a go at transliterating the text
yourself, you can
change Russian letters into Western ones using this
and then get an idea of pronunciation from this one:
There's at least one recording of the cycle, in case
you want to hear a
Russian mezzo perform it. It's sung by Zara
Doloukhanova, on Russian Disc
CD 11 030. (Russian Disc releases Russian
performances, mostly re-issued
from the Soviet era. The label is distributed in this
country by Classical
Music, 915 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207. Phone
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
This is the URL for a Russian music publisher - I
didn't check this
composer, but if they don't have it, they might know
where you can get
I'd be happy to transliterate the lyrics for you.
Once you know what each
letter stands for, Russian is rather easy to
pronounce. It's a bit like
Spanish--every letter (or letter combination) has a
special sound. (I
studied Russian in high school and college with native
speakers, and have
sung Balkan folk music for 25 years--including a 1988
peace tour to Moscow,
Ukraine, Moldavia and Yugoslavia).
My schedule is pretty full, so I would only be able to
get it back to you in
a few weeks. If someone else on the list volunteers
to do it quickly, take
them up on it!
Mendocino Women's Choir
155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-964-9520 * fax: 707-964-7531 *
Without more information, I can't be sure. But I
think that the
song cycle on the CD listed at amazon.com is the one
to. The CD liner might have translations.
John M. Crowell
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Sacramento Master Singers
The authority on Russian vocal music is Vladimir
Morosan of Musica Russica
He has excellent editions of thousands of pieces of
vocal music with
consistent transliterations into the Latin alphabet.
Allen H Simon
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