Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my followers. Thank you for your patience as I recently didn't find enough time to post.

Here is Plácido Domingo (young and bearded ♥) singing Janáček's Hail Mary with some talking and shots from the rehearsal in the beginning. He sang it in Prague on Christmas 1990, right after the Velvet revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain. (How many languages does this guy sing in?)

Zdrávas Maria, Hail Mary,
milosti plná, Full of grace,
Pán s tebou; The Lord is with thee;
Požehnaná tys mezi ženami Blessed art thou among women,
a požehnaný plod života tvého, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Ježíš. Jesus.
Svatá Maria, Holy Mary,
matko Boží Mother of God,
pros za nás, hříšné Pray for us sinners,
nyní i v hodinu smrti naší. Now and at the hour of our death.

Note on transcription: all /h/ are voiced, as in AmE and opposed to RP. In "hříšné" there is the raised alveolar trill "ř". In "hodinu" in the penultimate line, the "d" should be pronounced as a voiced palatal plosive, but I couldn't find the letter.

ˈzdraːvas ˈmarɪa | ˈmɪloscɪ ˈplnaː | ˈpaːn ˈstɛbou | ˈpoʒɛhnanaː ˈtɪs ˈmɛzɪ ˈʒɛnamɪ | ʔa ˈpoʒɛhnaniː ˈplot ˈʒɪvota ˈtvɛːho | ˈjɛʒiːʃ || ˈsvataː ˈmarɪa | ˈmatko ˈboʒiː | ˈpros za naːs ˈhriːʃnɛː | ˈnɪɲiː ʔɪ ˈvhodɪnu ˈsmrcɪ ˈnaʃiː | ˈaːmɛn

Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

1 comment:

  1. Podruga moya, May Our Gracious Lord and Father bless you and your mum with vast blessing of His Light. May He impart His Strength, Joy and Peace to you this sacred Savior's Birth. May your new Year be paved with prosperity and persvernce , may it be better than the last.