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Kt'a Kabanov

Translations and Pronunciation

By Leos Janacek, Timothy Cheek

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Format: Paperback / softback, 280 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 May 2004
Responding to the ever-increasing popularity and international performances of operas by the Czech composer Leo? Janacek, this volume is the second in a series to meet the needs of English-speaking singers, conductors, coaches, and stage directors. Every word of Kat'a Kabanova is translated into English, and idiomatic translations are provided, including translations of stage and musical directions. In addition, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used to indicate pronunciation, following the clearly-presented method given in the author's book Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Scarecrow Press, 2001). Included are practical notes about Janacek's style, both in general terms and specific issues relating to this opera. A plot summary is provided along with translations of characters, ranges, and the pronunciation of their names. The entire volume is organized in a clear, readable format, resulting in a book that will help to make productions of Kat'a Kabanova in the original Czech much easier a task than ever before.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Act I Chapter 5 2. Act II Chapter 6 3. Act III Chapter 7 Appendix A Chapter 8 Appendix B Chapter 9 References and Other Sources Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 About the Author

About the Author

Timothy Cheek, a pianist and vocal coach, is Associate Professor of performing arts at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor.


Timothy Cheek succeeds brilliantly in giving his readers an exciting and richly detailed overview of how this Russian heroine came to life. I especially love the way he traces the musical love motive, illuminating its many transformations throughout the opera. The meat of this book is in the painstaking rendering of the Czech text into four rivers of information: the original text, the IPA pronunciation guide, the literal word-by-word translation, and the idiomatic rendition. Come journey through these rivers with Kat'a and be seduced! -- Catherine Malfitano, Soprano, International Interpreter of Janacek roles This guide for English-speaking singers, conductors, coaches, and stage directors clarifies the meaning of Janacek's Kata Kabanova. Each line of the original Czech text of the libretti is presented, accompanied by both the literal and idiomatic translations as well as IPA pronunciations. The author discusses Janacek's musical style and offers background information on the opera and its characters in the introduction. Reference and Research Book News Today's artists must do more than simply have 'an idea' of the story and the text that is spoken. We as artists must infuse every role we portray with a real offering of this end Timothy Cheek has compiled what I consider to be an essential tool in accomplishing that task. Not only does he include extensive yet straightforward information about the background and context of the stories set to music, but he is also offering a viable set of tools to decode the phonetics AND literal meanings of the text and story, which gives the artist the ability to give a truly invested and unique performance of the role. Without such a tool, the very basic level of artistry cannot be achieved. I salute Timothy Cheek's efforts to clarify and enlighten this integral aspect of our art form. -- Patricia Racette, Soprano, International Interpreter of Janacek roles

EAN: 9780810850149
ISBN: 0810850141
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Dimensions: 21.64 x 16.1 x 2.13 centimetres (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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