• Solveig Holmquist

Pronunciation guide for movement 6

Dear Singers,

Great rehearsal last Tuesday! We even achieved some of the drama of that movement, while struggling with notes and diction!

Here's the pronunciation guide for Movement VI, and now if I write an "e", please substitute a shwa (write it in red!) :

Dehnn veer haben hee kyne bly-ben-de Shtaht,

zahn-den dee tsoo-koenf-teege zoochen veer.

Veer wehden neecht al-le ehnt-shlaf-fen,

veer wehden abuh al-le fair-wahn-delt wehden.

tsoo dare Tsight dare lehts-ten Poh-zahne!

Dehnn ehs veert dee Po-zahne shal-len

oont dee Toten wehr-den owf-ehr-shtay-en oon-fair-vess-leech.

Dare Tote ihst fair-shluun-gen ihn dare Zeek!

Tote, voh ihst dine Shtak-kle!

Huhle, voh ihst dine zeek!

Hahd, doo bihst vier-dich tsoo naymen Price

oont Eyhreh oont Krahft,

dehnn doo hahst al-le Dinguh air-shaf-fen,

oont doohr dye-nen Vil-len hahben zee dahs Vayzen

oont zint geshaf-fen.

That's it! I can tell you're feeling more comfortable now and recognizing certain recurring sounds. Just keep those consonants spitting forward, more than you ever thought possible.

Ah! One more thing, which should make your delivery easier: In German, nouns are always capitalized. As it happens, those are the important words to be stressed. Stress the capitalized word and you'll be delivering to text much more meaningfully.

See you next Tuesday, when we will tackle the first and last movements, which are thematic related.


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