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About Our Company
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 purchase and immediate download. For more information on who we are, read the About Us page.
IPA Source was founded in 2003 by a professional singer and educator. For more information on who we are, read the About Us page.
About Our Publications
Yes. All translations / transcriptions found on this site are our own unique editions and are not copied from other sources. Only source works that are in the public domain or works for which we have permission from the copyright holder are presented on these pages. We are the authors, editors, and publishers and hold all copyrights to the IPA transcriptions and literal translations. For more information, please see our Legal Notice.
Currently you will find 15,700 titles of musical settings on the site. The text to each title is professionally translated word-for-word and provided with the IPA transcription. Our offerings are continually growing and hundreds of pages are added each year.
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.
The primary aim of IPA Source is to provide IPA transcriptions and literal translations of songs and arias of foreign language texts. Often, 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, they are not included on this site. For an extensive collection of translations suitable for recital programs, visit The Lied and Art Song Texts Page at www.lieder.net.
About the files:
After locating one of the thousands of unique transcriptions / translations by its title, you will have the opportunity to view a sample file to make sure you have the correct text. If you would like to purchase the file, add it to your shopping cart and proceed to the checkout. After completing the purchase process, your documents can be downloaded directly from the site for up to seven (7) days. Those customers who have purchased a subscription have complete access to all files on this site for the duration of their subscription. For step-by-step instructions on using our site, please see the Using IPA Source page.
The IPA font used in our transcriptions is the SILSophia (IPA93) font available for free download from SIL International. Since the IPA font is embedded in all Adobe PDF files, you will not need the font installed on your computer to view or print our documents.
All transcriptions / translations pages are presented in the Adobe PDF file format with the special IPA font embedded in each document. Use of this site requires a PDF viewer such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or higher). Download instructions can be found on our Adobe Help page.
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IPA Source provides complete customer support for using our site. Please understand that some technical issues may be specific to the configuration of your own computer and beyond our control.
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.
If you have purchased a subscription, files are available for immediate download on the product page. For non-subscription users, once you have completed the purchase process the files will be available both from a link provided in your email order confirmation and on your “Downloads” page for seven (7) days from the time of the purchase. If you encounter any problems, Contact Us and we will work with you to solve the problem. Please include your order number and the date of purchase with your inquiry.
IPA Source guarantees that its PDF files will provide a high-quality print. Although all effort is taken proofreading the texts, no warranty on the complete accuracy of every single character is expressed or given. If for some reason the files do not live up to your expectations, Contact Us and we will work with you to resolve the issue or refund your purchase price. For a complete overview of our Refund policy, see the Shopping Policies page.
If you have purchased a subscription, our complete library will continue to be available to you for as long as your subscription is active, just download the file again. For files that have been purchased individually, go to your Downloads page where you will be able to download the files again for up to seven (7) days.
IPA Source no longer provides a printed version of the complete catalog. With 15,700 titles in our database, the paper version of our catalog had grown to over 250 pages and had outlived its purpose. The newly revised Catalog section of the site allows the customer to search the entire catalog filtering by language and genre. We believe that this in conjunction with the composer and poets pages, will better serve our customers’ needs.
IPA Source is not a translation service but offers texts we believe will benefit the largest number of singers. Titles submitted to our database for inclusion will be considered according to our preset publishing schedule.
All requests must adhere to the following guidelines.
- Only texts to standard, solo works will be included. No ensembles.
- Only original language texts in Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English from “classical” works will be considered. No “singing” translations.
- All texts must be in the public domain in the United States; that is, works published before 1923.
- Contemporary editions of the work must be available to the general public. Rare works or historical editions may be rejected.
Our first criterion 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 texts most readily available to singers around the world. The second criterion for inclusion is popularity. Obscure works that will only be of interest to a very few will be passed over for works considered part of the standard repertoire. IPA Source does not use machine transcriptions/translations. Each word and symbol is checked and rechecked by experts in the field until each page is considered worthy of inclusion.
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.
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.
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 texts are beyond the scope of IPA Source.
It is all about the publishing date of the text of the work. Many contemporary composers set texts that were published before 1923. In this case, the music of the composer is under copyright but the text is in the public domain according to US law. Although written before 1923, Turandot was not published until after its premier in 1926; therefore, neither the music nor the text may be printed without the permission of the publisher.