Musical Terms Translations

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Revision as of 23:21, 16 December 2006 by KrazyKiwi (talk) (Some more swedish terms from (Imported from MoinMoin))

This is an attempt at providing a translation of musical terms commonly found in track titles and release titles in different languages (list of languages non exhaustive, feel free to add columns). Very useful when trying to be consistent, when some disc sleeves are not (unappropriate use of movement type name, mix of different languages...).

Most of the translations are / may be taken from Wikipedia's "other languages" section.

english french german italian swedish japanese
Alto alto Alt alt
Aria aria Arie aria aria アリア
Baritone baryton Bariton baritono baryton
Choir, Chorus chœur, chorale Chor coro kör 合唱
Chorale choral Choral corale koral コラール
Lied lied (pl. lieder) Lied (pl. Lieder) lied 歌曲
Recitative récitatif Rezitativ recitativo recitativ レチタティーヴォ
Soprano soprano Sopran soprano sopran
Tenor ténor Tenor tenore tenor
Allemande, Allemanda allemande Allemande allemanda
Courrante, Corrente courante Courante allemanda
Gigue, Giga gigue Gigue giga
Minuet menuet Menuett minuetto menuett
Sarabande sarabande Sarabande sarabanda
Bridge pont Zwischenspiel brygga
To be completed...

Interesting links


I removed recitativo from the french column because as the wikipedia page explains, recitativo is not french. --davitof

  • I agree that I've always seen récitatif in french. Yet, on french WP, récitatif redirects to recitativo and not the reverse; --MLL

We should mention the plurals (especially for german) --davitof

  • Agreed --MLL
    • (Yet, I'm not fluent enough to do it accurately myself) --MLL

We should better define the scope of this - there's no need to provide translations of all musical terminology - just those words that are common in album or track titles and thus may need to be entered in MB. @alex

  • Attempt done in the intro --MLL