Audio Diction Guides

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Your Choir Can Sing in Russian Like Native Singers!

Russian is an eminently "singable" language. It has pure vowels, like Latin and Italian, and intense consonants (like German) that help the sound flow. The two biggest factors that stand in the way of programming Russian choral works are the Cyrillic alphabet, and the scarcity of authoritative and reliable diction coaching.

Musica Russica's editions eliminate these obstacles! Musica Russica makes singing in Russian, Ukranian, and Church Slavonic a user-friendly experience. Our Russica TM Transliteration System, expertly designed specifically for singing, phoneticizes the Cyrillic texts into Latin (Roman) letters. It references the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.) but keeps unusual-looking characters to a minimum. With the help of our text-specific Audio Diction Coaching Guides, your choirs can sound like native Russian singers!

The Spoken Texts

In the Guides, you will hear the texts spoken by a native speaker, phrase-by-phrase, with pauses in between to allow for repetition, and then chanted, to allow singers to focus in on the vowels and consonants sustained in singing. Special techniques are given for dealing with some of the more unusual vowels and consonants.

License to Copy

The purchase of a single CD includes a "License to Copy", which entitles you to make as many duplicate copies as needed for your singers.

Types of Diction Coaching Products

We offer three types of Audio Diction Coaching Guides:

  1. Pre-Recorded Audio Diction Guides for all Major Works and Liturgical Cycles;
  2. Custom Diction CDs of one or several individual titles, made to your specifications;
  3. Downloads of individual Audio Diction Guides in mp3 format, available by going to each sheet music title's detail page.

PRE-RECORDED DICTION CDs:

Audio Diction Guides have been pre-recorded for the following Major Works and Liturgical Cycles.

Diction_cd Diction CD: Passion Week Texts - Steinberg

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Alexander Nevsky Texts - Prokofiev

Russian

Price: $18.00
MP3 Price: $18.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Chesnokov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Ippolitov-Ivanov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Kalinnikov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Rachmaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $30.00
MP3 Price: $30.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: All-Night Vigil Texts - Tchaikovsky

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: The Bells Texts - Rachmaninoff

Russian

Price: $21.00
MP3 Price: $21.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Liturgy Texts - Ippolitov-Ivanov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Liturgy Texts - Kalinnikov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Liturgy Texts - Kastalsky

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Liturgy Texts - Rachmaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $30.00
MP3 Price: $30.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Liturgy Texts - Tchaikovsky

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Divine Service Texts - Titov

Church Slavonic

Price: $20.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Inexpressible Wonder Texts - Sviridov

Russian

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Les Noces Texts (3-CD set) - Stravinsky

Russian

Price: $40.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Liturgia Domestica Texts - Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $30.00
MP3 Price: $30.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Liturgy №2 Texts - Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Moscow Cantata Texts - Tchaikovsky

Russian

Price: $20.00
MP3 Price: $20.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: My Heart Is Ready Texts - Yukechev

Russian

Price: $20.00
MP3 Price: $20.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Panihida Texts - Chesnokov

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Passion Week Texts - Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Praise God Texts - Gretchaninoff

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Pushkin Wreath Texts - Sviridov

Russian

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Six Choruses Texts - Rachmaninoff

English, Russian

Price: $20.00
MP3 Price: $20.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Vespers Texts - Hurko

Church Slavonic

Price: $25.00
MP3 Price: $25.00

CUSTOM DICTION CDs:

Custom Diction CDs are recorded upon demand, based on your specifications. The audio files are in .aiff format; once you receive the CD, you may convert the individual tracks into mp3 files for internal distribution to your singers.

Diction_cd Diction CD: Diction CD - Custom - One Title
Price: $15.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Diction CD - Custom - Two Titles
Price: $18.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Diction CD - Custom - Three Titles
Price: $21.00
Diction_cd Diction CD: Diction CD - Custom - Four Titles
Price: $24.00

IMPORTANT: When ordering custom Diction CDs, please indicate the catalog number and title of the sheet music in the "Comments" field of the Checkout page.

The Russica™ Transliteration System

Download a free copy of the Russica™ Transliteration System here.
 

DVD - The ABC's of Russian Diction

Vladimir Morosan teaches essential diction techniques that will enable you to pronounce Russian, Ukrainian, and Church Slavonic with confidence, accuracy, and authenticity.  Order your copy here.
 

Testimonials

"My high school students have done the Rachmaninoff “Bogoroditse Devo” in three different years with no language difficulty at all. The beauty of the music combined with the resonance and elegance of the Russian has made it the piece they want to sing again and again."

— Susan Mueller
Director

"I have found Musica Russica's transliteration system unbelievably easy to work with and to teach--even to amateur choirs that had trouble with Latin. And a native Russian speaker said that the choir sounded correct when we used that system. And, she also said that they couldn't get Russian music as good as MR's editions in Russia, another point in its favor. Run, don't walk, to Musica Russica for help."

— Robert W. Parker

"You are the only publishing company of Russian music that does it right. Your published music is much better than what is published in Russia. The world is spinning because of people like you. Thank you!"

— Marianna Parnas Simpson
Houston Chamber Choir