Translations of Songs, Arias, and Opera Librettos

The following guide has been created to assist users in locating the translations of songs, arias,
and librettos. Books that are located in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection’s Reference
Collection have call numbers that begin with the location "A/M REFER" and "FPAC REFER".
Books that have a location of "UNI Stacks" are located on the northeast side of the fourth floor.

  • The Book of 101 Opera Librettos: Complete Original Language Texts
    with English Translations.
    • A/M REFER ML48 .B66 1996
    • This large resource contains the complete original language texts and English translations of 101 opera librettos. Also included are plot summaries and title and librettist/author indexes.
  • Brahms' Complete Song Texts: In One Volume Containing Solo Songs, Duets,
    Liebeslieder Waltzes (both sets), the Alto Rhapsody, Folk Song Arrangements.
    • A/M REFER ML54.7.B73 G53 1999
    • This resource contains word by word translations and phonetic transcriptions of Johannes Brahms’ songs. The volume includes a short (2 page) overview of his life, plus a title and first line index. As an added bonus, the appendix contains singing translations of selected songs.
  • The Complete Song Texts: Texts of the Lieder and Italian Songs.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.S39 W53 1988
    • Franz Schubert’s German and Italian songs are translated line by line in this resource.
      The songs are arranged alphabetically by title, but songs with the same title are arranged
      by the poet’s name. Dates, D number, and poet’s name are given for each song.
      Following the translations is an index of first lines.
  • The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder: The Original Texts of Over Seven Hundred
    and Fifty Songs.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6 .F57 1977
    • This resource contains line by line translations of German songs by various composers.
      The following indexes are included in the back of the book: composer, poets and translators,
      and title and first line.
  • Franz Schubert Complete Song Cycles: Die Schöne Müllerin, Die Winterreise,
    and Schwanengesang.
    • UNI Stacks M1621.4.S38 M3 1970
    • The musical scores for three of Franz Schubert’s song cycles are found in this resource. Following the scores is the English translation of each song.
  • Hugo Wolf's Complete Song Texts: In One Volume Containing all Completed Solo Songs Including Those Not Published During the Composer's Lifetime.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.W853 G52 2000
    • This resource contains word by word translations and phonetic transcriptions of Hugo Wolf’s songs. The translations are arranged by the collection in which they were published. The volume includes a short (5 page) overview of his life, plus a title and first line index. As an added bonus, the appendix contains singing translations of selected songs.
  • Lieder Line by Line, and Word for Word.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.P55 L5 1996
    • Translations of songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Strauss are included in this resource, along with a title and first line index.
  • Masters of the Italian Art Song: Word-by-Word and Poetic Translations of the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.M34 1990
    • Italian art songs by Bellini, Donaudy, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Tosti, and Verdi have been translated word by word into more standard English. The songs are organized alphabetically first by composer, then by song title. Following the translations are first line and title indexes.
  • The Penguin Book of Lieder.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.P75 P5
    • This resource gives the English translations, verse by verse, of songs by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Loewe, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Franz, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Strauss, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, and Hindemith. Following the translations is a title and first line index.
  • The Poetic Debussy: A Collection of his Song Texts and Selected Letters.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.D42 C62 1994
    • All of Debussy’s 92 songs are translated in this resource. The entries are arranged in chronological order and contain the original French lyrics with the English translation verse by verse. The book also contains a first line and title index.
  • The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Song Texts.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.M5 R5 1963
    • In this resource you will find line by line translations of art songs by various German, French, Italian, Russian, Scandinavian, and Spanish poets, both well-known and lesser-known. Brief notes are included about the poets and the composers who set the words to music. Composer and title/first line indexes are included following the translations.
  • Schubert and Schumann; Songs and Translations.
    • UNI Stacks ML54.6.S39 G3 1972
    • Selected songs by Schubert and Schumann are translated in this resource line by line. The poet of each song is also given. Following the translations are first line and title indexes.
  • Schubert's Complete Song Texts: With International Phonetic Alphabet Transcriptions, Word for Word Translations and Commentary.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.S39 G5 1996  v.1 and v.2
    • This resource contains word by word translations and phonetic transcriptions of Franz Schubert’s songs. The volume includes a short (1 page) overview of his life, plus a title and first line index. As an added bonus, the appendix contains singing translations of selected songs. Volume 1 contains song titles beginning with A through F; Volume 2 begins with F and continues through Z.
  • Schumann's Complete Song Texts: In One Volume Containing all Completed Solo Songs Including Those Not Published During the Composer's Lifetime, Duets, Trios, Quartets.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6.S396 G53 2002
    • This resource contains word by word translations and phonetic transcriptions of Robert Schumann’s songs, arranged in chronological order. The volume includes a short (3 page) overview of his life, plus a title and first line index. As an added bonus, the appendix contains singing translations of selected songs.
  • Word-by-Word Translations of Songs and Arias.
    • A/M REFER ML54.6 .W65  v.1 and v.2
    • The translations in these two volumes are arranged alphabetically by composer, with German and French composers in volume 1 and Italian composers in volume 2. Both volumes contain an index of first lines and titles.