Featured composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (part 1 of 2)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791), born in Salzburg, Austria, was an important and respected composer. As an adult, he referred to himself as “Wolfgang Amadè Mozart,” but it is noted that his name had many variants. As a child, his baptismal record listed his name in Latin as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus… Read More

Recently added and perfect for Baritone

Recently added to our International Phonetic Alphabet database, In braccio alle dovizie,  Monforte’s scene and aria from act three of the opera I vespri Siciliani.  Text by Eugène Scribe (1790-1861) and Charles Duveyrier (1803-1866) Set by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Download the IPA Text: Complete score: From I vespri siciliani (Italian pronunciation: [i ˈvɛːspri… Read More

IPA Source now contains International Phonetic Alphabet translations for all 93 solo works of Debussy

IPA Source Founder & Principal Author, Bard Suverkrop, has been busy. IPA Source now contains International Phonetic Alphabet translations for all 93 solo works of Claude Debussy. Just added to our database: Chanson triste (text by Maurice Bouchor) Listen to Ninon Vallin: Romance (Les baisers d’amour) (text by Maurice Bouchor) Listen to Gillian Keith, soprano;… Read More

Featured composer: Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini, born February 29, 1792, was an Italian composer. Prolific and expedient, he wrote 39 operas and numerous sacred music, chamber music, and piano pieces. Rossini’s vocal compositions demand great vocal agility and have therefore had a lasting impact on the vocal training of opera singers. Rossini’s parents were both musicians. His father, Giuseppe,… Read More

April composer birthdays

We’re celebrating 6 composer birthdays during the month of April. Each composer has a link to our entire collection of texts for that individual. Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni, born 4/1/1866. Our collection: Franz Paul Lachner, born 4/2/1803. Our collection: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, born 4/3/1895 Our collection: Louis (Ludwig) Spohr, born 4/5/1784. Our… Read More

Featured composer: Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Friedrich Händel (later Anglicized to George Frederick (or Frideric) Handel), born February 23, 1685, was a German (and later British) baroque composer. Händel’s father was a barber and was not keen on his son pursuing music. Some say that Händel had clavichord hidden in the attic of his Halle home where he secretly practiced… Read More

Perfect for Voice – 17 Texts from Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah

Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. Originally intended as thought-provoking inspiration for Lent and Easter, this 259-page score was composed in a mere 3-4 weeks. During the 1700’s, opera… Read More