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What is IPA Source?
IPA Source was developed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in
the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature. To further the
comprehension and correct pronunciation of foreign language texts, IPA Source
provides IPA transcriptions and literal translations for immediate purchase and
download. For more information, read the About Us page.
Who manages IPA Source?
IPA Source was founded in 2003 by a professional singer and educator.
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Yes. All translations/transcriptions found on this site are our own unique
editions and are not copied from other sources. Only works that are in the
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Your IPA transcriptions are different from what I learned.
Although phoneticians follow certain conventions in creating transcriptions
they don't always agree-especially when dealing with transcriptions intended
for singing. It is not unusual when comparing transcriptions from two sources that
they differ slightly. In order to avoid the question of the individual
preference of one phonetician over another, the transcriptions found on IPA
Source conform to the accepted
transcription practices of the most highly respected dictionaries of each
language. For more discussion on this issue, please see our
Diction Help pages.
Why are there no poetic/recital program translations on
The primary aim of IPA Source is to provide IPA transcriptions and
literal translations of songs and arias of foreign
language texts. Occasionally, an idiomatic translation of a line is given if the
meaning is not clear from the literal translation. It is our belief that only
when a singer understands the precise meaning of each word will he or she be
able to interpret the true meaning of the poem and imbue each syllable with its
correct emotional content. Poetic translations do not specifically link meaning
with the sound of the syllable. Since poetic translation can easily be found
elsewhere on the web and are therefore not include on this site. For an
extensive collection of translations suitable for recital programs, visit The
Lied and Art Song Texts Page at
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What IPA font do you use and do I need to have the IPA
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The IPA symbols are visible on my computer screen but
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Can IPA Source issue a refund?
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Why are there no shipping charges? What about taxes?
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What kind of support does IPA Source offer?
IPA Source provides complete customer support on both technical issues and
in searching out new translations or transcriptions not available on our site
because of copyright or language restrictions. Just
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How can I request support?
Nothing could be easier. Just click on the Contact Us link on every page of the IPA Source website to send an email requesting support.
I completed the purchase process, how do I retrieve my
If you have purchased a subscription, files are available for immediate
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the files you will be given the oportunity to download the files directly from
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Is there any warranty on purchased
IPA Source guarantees that its PDF files are free from viruses and will provide a high quality print.
Although all effort is take in proofreading the texts, no warranty on the
complete accuracy of every single character is given. If for some reason the
files do not live up to your expectations,
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customer encounter problems of any other nature, IPA Source cannot be held
I accidentally deleted the PDF files I purchased, can I
have them resent?
Nothing could be more simple! If you have purchased a subscription, our
complete library will continue to be available to you for as long as your
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Is there a print version of the "Catalog"?
Printed Catalog is updated each month. You can find
link to it on the home page in the "Resources" box on the right.
How can I obtain a transcription/translation not listed
in the "Catalog"?
Make a request using Contact Us tab at the top of the page. IPA Source will
then determine whether it is feasible to add the requested text to the on-line
catalog and contact you when it is ready.
How do you decide which texts to offer?
Our first criteria is the availability of the musical scores. By comparing
the contents of the most popular anthologies we have come up with a list of the
often used. The second greatest source comes from singers around the world
in the form of your requests. In the past we have been able to provide a quick
turnaround-sometimes in the same day! You may make a text request by using
tab at the top of the page.
Why don't you offer texts in all languages?
The world of art song and opera literature is vast and finding qualified
translators experienced in the needs of vocalists and well versed in IPA is
difficult. Plans are being made
to include repertoire in more languages from experts in each
field. Stay in touch for future announcements.
Will you be offering full opera libretti in the future?
Full libretti are beyond the scope of this website. Although we may make
individual ensembles available from time to time, there is no plan to add entire
opera libretti to the site.
Will you be offering choral literature on the site?
Although solo oratorio arias and occasionally the major works from which
they are taken can be found on our site, translations/transcriptions of choral
literature is beyond the scope of IPA Source. Please
us for more information on specific requests.
Why are the works of some contemporary song composers
included but the arias from Turandot are missing?
It is all about the publishing date of the text of the work. Many
contemporary composers set texts that were published before 1923. In these cases, the music
of the composer is under copyright but the text is in the public domain
according to US law. Turandot did not premier
until 1926; neither the music nor the text may be printed without the permission
of the publisher, Casa Ricordi.