Publication Date

2012-05-04

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2012-05-04

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Musicology (Music)

Date of Defense

2012-04-04

First Committee Member

Dean J. Southern

Second Committee Member

Alan O. Johnson

Third Committee Member

Karen Kennedy

Fourth Committee Member

Dennis Kam

Abstract

This essay is a guide to Swedish lyric diction for American singers. An overview of the linguistic traits and basic grammar of the Swedish language prepares the reader for a detailed description of Swedish phonemes and their occurrence in the language. Differences in pronunciation conventions as they pertain to classical singing, particularly the contrast between högsvensk (high Swedish) and talad svenska (spoken Swedish), are explored. The author offers repertoire suggestions for various voice types and levels of study, with special attention to the Swedish songs of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Finally, translations and transcriptions into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) of representative song texts are given.

Keywords

Swedish; art song; romans; lyric diction; phonetics; repertoire

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