- February 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm #249874My middle school chorus is singing a “Sanctus.”How should I teach them to sing/sound out these Latin words: “qui” and “venit?”We THANK YOU!February 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm #249877
Kentaro (Ken-P) SatoParticipant
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Qui – [Kw+ee]
Think “Qu” as a combination of consonance “k” and “w.” This is a single syllable word unless a composer treats differently.
Venit – [V+eh] [ n+ee+t]
The accent on the first syllableFebruary 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm #249880THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for your quick reply!I have been looking and looking for help on the Internet with no luck.Your answer is VERY clear and easy to understand!My 50 member chorus and I THANK YOU!February 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm #249954
Carl SmithMemberBarbara-Consider this: if you sing a piece in Latin, composed by an Italian composer, use the Italian pronunciation of Latin, as cited by Kentaro; if you sing a German or Austrian piece, say, composed by Mozart, check out the pronunciation guide published by MENC. It has a section on German pronunciation of Latin, which is a bit different from the “Roman usage.”IF you sing a piece composed by an English composer, say, William Byrd, the pronunciation is again a bit different. Or you can have the chorus sing the Italian pronunciation, if t hat works for you. For the German pronunciation, listen to German choruses- I think it is nice to sing the texts with the pronunciation of the geographic region!Best Wishes,Carl SmithFebruary 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm #249965
Allen H SimonParticipantWhat bizarre advice to a middle school teacher! That would confuse the kids no end. Academia has to take a back seat to practical pedagogy in this case.February 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm #249946
Janine DexterParticipantFor your resource shelf: LATIN: Latin Pronunciation According to Roman Usage Edited by William D. Hall, National Music Pub., Anaheim, CA. This is an indispensable, thin paper back manuel… Mine is old but I can’t imagine that it is very expensive. ~janineFebruary 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm #249973
Bill PaisnerParticipantAssuming you are going to do more Latin sacred texts in the future (a laudable goal), you should have the following book in your personal library:Translations and Annotations of Choral RepertoireVolume 1: Sacred TextsRon JeffersPublished by earthsongsNot only will this book give you authentic Italian Latin pronunciation, it will give you translations and useful descriptive materials for any Latin sacred piece you program.Bill PaisnerDirector, Southwest Women’s ChorusFebruary 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm #250440EXCELLENT advice!THANK YOU!🙂February 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm #250439THANK YOU! I will!🙂
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