Latin Text Resource
Date: March 21, 2014
Are you all familiar with the "Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire volume 1: Sacred Latin Texts?" http://www.amazon.com/Translations-Annotations-Choral-Repertoire-Sacred/dp/0962153214
I just listened to a new piece in Latin on the showcase. Being old school I didn't go to Google Translate, rather I reached for "The Jeffers." This book is so ubiquitous among choir directors that it is simply referred to as "The Jeffers." It contains every sacred Latin text I have ever needed and includes literal and poetic translations, history of use, pronunciation and much more. Some scholars have knocked it for arcane reasons but for us in the trenches it is the Bible for Latin.
It is a cornucopia of public domain texts!
If you know of newer equally valuable resources, please share.
There is a volume for German texts that is also useful but less essential.
I think every composer should have a copy of "the Jeffers" and "the Fux" Gradus ad Parnassum. What's in your library?
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