Pronunciation of "Emmanuel" ("Immanuel") and "Israel"
Date: December 3, 2015
It's that time of year again when singers ask me how I want for them to pronounce such words as "Israel" and "Emmanuel" (or "Immanuel"), and I scratch my head trying to remember what I've said before, as I can so often argue two or more distinctly different approaches! I posted essentially the same question back in 2004, but perhaps there are others as well who might want to weigh in, and I'd be most grateful for multiple perspectives! On the former, I vacillate between "Iz-rah-ehl" and "Iz-ray-ehl" (or should it begin with a long "E" sound??). Concerning the latter word ("Emmanuel"), I distinctly recall a seminary professor saying that the "y" (dyphthong) often heard, initializing the third syllable ("nyoo"), is incorrect - So, in other words, something like: "Ih-mahn-noo-ehl", though some favor beginning the word with a long "E" sound, or "eh" sound. I am primarily dealing with texts in English, as my Christmas Eve selections have been selected as a tribute to the late, incredibly great Sir David Willcocks, and his treasure trove of carol settings and descants, etc. Thoughts?
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