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Music 402A: Vocal Literature: Song Texts

Survey of vocal literature with emphasis on art song. Research in area of concentration.

Useful websites

The LiederNet Archive is an ever-expanding collection of texts to over 135,000 Lieder and other classical art songs. There are also over 25,000 translations.

Website of Hélène Lindqvist - swedish-egyptian soprano and Philipp Vogler - pianist, conductor, composer and professor at the University of Music in Munich Germany 

The Aria Database, a collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Provides basic information and includes translations when copyright restrictions allow for it.

Browse for Texts of Art Songs

Books containing song lyrics / song texts only can be found at ML 54.

ML 54.6 -- lyircs for music up to 1800

ML 54.7 - lyrics for music from 1800 to the present date

Example: ML 54.7 .B72 M44 1995 (Brahms songs in English : singable translations of all the 205 songs for solo voice and pianoforte)

ML 54.7 = lyrics for music composed after 1800

.B72 = Brahms

M44 = author of the book, in this case Minchin

1995 = publication date

If you know a composer's NAME and TIME PERIOD, you can browse in this section for song texts.

Art song lyric resources

Music and Dance Librarian

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Myrna Layton
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Subjects: Music & Dance, Theatre

Texts and Translations

The texts of many art songs have been published separately in collections designed to aid study.

Some examples:

Schubert's complete song texts: with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word-for-word translations, and commentary. (ML 54.6 .S39 G515 1996)

Masters of the Italian art song: word-by-word and poetic translations of ... songs for voice and piano.(ML 54.6 .M34 1990)

Word-by-word translations of songs and arias.(ML 54.6 .C7 W7)

Singer's Debussy. (ML 54.6 .D42 R62 1987)


Search these and similar collections in the Library's catalog under this subject heading:

  • Songs -- Texts.

You'll also find them shelved under the call number ML54.6.