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Finding Songs: International Phonetic Alphabet

International Phonetic Alphabet Sources

IPA Source Contains almost 12,000 IPA transcriptions and many word-for-word translations of art song and operatic aria texts. UNC Onyen required from off campus.

International Phonetic Alphabet charts and links to additional sites, including Flash animation and apps.

IPA Charts from Eric Armstrong's Voice and Speech Source, with Flash animation of the sounds and names of the IPA symbols.

Exploring Art Song Lyrics: Translation and Pronunciation of the Italian, German and French Repertoire by Jonathan Retzlaff with IPA transcriptions by Cheri Montgomery is an e-book containing translations and IPA transcriptions of more than 750 frequently studied art songs. UNC Onyen required from off campus. A print copy is also available in the Music Library's Reference Room: Ref. ML54.6.R48 2012.

Many of the more recent collections of art songs and arias, especially those edited by John Glenn Paton and Richard Walters, contain good translations and IPA.

If you're having trouble locating IPA for your song, don't hesitate to ask us for help!