Musical Terms Translations

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Revision as of 14:39, 29 July 2010 by Gswanjord (talk | contribs) (Adding some forms. Japanese translations are from google translate, so I'm not absolutely certain they're correct.)

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
Classical
form
Concerto Concerto Konzert Concerto Concerto 協奏曲
Sonata Sonate Sonate Sonata Sonata ソナタ
Symphony Symphonie Symphonie, Sinfonie Sinfonia Symfoni 交響楽団
choral
Alto alto Alt (pl. -e / Altstimmen) alt
Aria aria Arie (pl. -n) aria aria アリア
Baritone baryton Bariton (pl. -e) baritono baryton
Cantata cantate kantat
Choir, Chorus chœur, chorale Chor (pl. Chöre) coro kör 合唱
Chorale choral Choral (pl. Choräle) corale koral コラール
Lied lied (pl. -er) Lied (pl. -er) lied 歌曲
Quartet quatuor Quartett quartetto kvartett
Recitative récitatif Rezitativ (pl. -e) recitativo recitativ レチタティーヴォ
Soprano soprano Sopran (pl. -e) soprano sopran ソプラノ
Tenor ténor Tenor (pl. Tenöre) tenore tenor テノール
dances
Allemande, Allemanda allemande Allemande (pl. -n) allemanda
Courante, Corrente courante Courante (pl. -n) allemanda
Gigue, Giga gigue Gigue (pl. -n) giga
Minuet menuet Menuett (pl. -e) minuetto menuett
Sarabande sarabande Sarabande (pl. -n) sarabanda saraband
Non-classical
Bridge pont Zwischenspiel (pl. -e) brygga
To be completed...

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