Tuesday, June 14, 2005

How many languages?

Kottke.org poses a fun question: How many languages in your music collection? Here's my inventory, not exhaustive, though many of the examples (e.g., Bulgarian) are the only examples I have:

Arabic: Sister Marie Keyrouz (Byzantine chant)

Bulgarian: Bulgarian Women's Choir

French: Clifton Chenier, Edith Piaf, Poulenc songs, Henri Salavador

English: I'll just keep going . . . .

German: Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)

Greek: Sister Marie Keyrouz (Byzantine chant), field recordings of folk music

Italian: Beniamino Gigli, great Italian tenor

Japanese: "One Home Run," a song on Van Dyke Parks' Tokyo Rose, sung partly in Japanese

Portuguese: João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim

Spanish: Buena Vista Social Club, Eddie Palmieri

Tibetan: recordings from Buddhist monasteries

Yoruba: Sunny Adé

I have a handful of recordings about which I'm not sure: a gamelan recording from Bali, singers and kora players from Mali, "Ja Pehechaan Ho" (the opening music from Ghost World), and an Indian version of the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda."

How many languages are in your music collection? Leave a reply by clicking on comments.

comments: 3

Anonymous said...

Our collection is very eclectic, with lots of pop (for which I am only partly responsible).

English: Mostly pop vocalists too numerous to list.

French: Mireille Mathieu, Celine Dion, Mylene Farmer

Georgian, Georgian State Academic Ensemble, plus several CDs of so-called "city songs"

German: Mozart, "Die Zauberflöte"

Italian: Andrea Bocelli, Mozart (again): "Le nozze di Figaro"

Norwegian: Sissel Kyrkjebø (most of our Norwegian stuff is instrumental)

Portuguese: Carmen Miranda

Russian: Irina Allegrova

Spanish: Gipsy Kings

Swedish: Sven-Bertil Taube, Lisa Ekdahl

Yiddish: Klezmer Conservatory Band

Anonymous said...

"Jaan Pehechaan Ho" from the Ghost World soundtrack is in Hindi. It is originally from Hindi film Gumnaam.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, James.