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Latin Diction Dictionary/Book

Dear all,
I am looking for a Latin dictionary or textbook that contains international phonetic transcriptions for each Latin variant (Austro-Germanic, French, Ecclesiastical...), OR individual dictionaries for each.
If you have any recommendations, I would appreciate them greatly.
Thank you,
Guillermo Muñoz Küster
on February 12, 2016 7:00am
Harold Copeman's Singing in Latin would be a place to start; unfortunately it looks to be an extremely expensive investment: Amazon lists 3 copies available, starting at $275 a copy! Most respectable music libraries would have it in their collection. It is a complex book, in which Copeman traces Latin pronunciation variants going back to the Renaissance, and extending to most European traditions.
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on February 12, 2016 8:59am
Correct Pronunciation of Latin According to Roman Usage, while not specifically for singing, has been the standard for decades. $9.00
on February 12, 2016 4:37pm
This is too basic for your question, but I thought I'd share it in case it might be useful to you or others.   It addresses common Ecclesiastical pronunciation as opposed to Classical latin of the Roman empire and does not address German and French styles.   
on February 12, 2016 5:17pm
Sadly - in view of the price -  I would have to endorse the recommendation of Harold Copeman's book. It is an extraordinary work of scholarship, and really does lay bare the wide range of Latin pronunciation, in terms of both geography and eras. Some people will demur as to its value in a practical setting, but listen to William Byrd's Latin motets sung in the 'usual' Italianate pronunciation, and then using the late 16th century English pronunciation, and you will hear a clear difference and appreciate even more Byrd's brilliant polyphony; for example, in Civitas Sancti Tui where the soprano sings 'sanc-' over the tenor entry on 'ci-'. Thanks to Copeman we can see how seemingly conflicting consonants are actually 'consonant'!
 And this scholarship is repeated over and over again in a number of Latin pronunciation variants. So, if you want the authoritative word, either buy Copeman's book, or find a reference copy in a library and be prepared to make copious notes!
Philip Barnes
St. Louis (MO)
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on February 13, 2016 6:50am
Hi Guillermo,
While not a dictionary, there is a mobile app called BabelSounds ( for iTunes & GooglePlay download links) that has soundsets for sung Ecclesiastical Latin and Germanic Latin. The app itself is free (comes with American English), with in-app purchases at $1.99 each language or $7.99 for all in a bundle. The languages are American English, French, Italian. Russian, Ecclesiastical Latin and Germanic Latin, as compiled by content creators who are native speakers (except for the Latin, of course!) and also singer/diction specialists.
A sister-website,, has digital resources for the Fauré Requiem in Gallic Latin, which he would have had in his mind's ear and singers would have sung. It is really quite beautiful.
Trudy Miller
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on February 14, 2016 6:49am
Thank you, all!
on February 15, 2016 9:14am
Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire, Volume 1: Sacred Latin Texts by Ron Jeffers. I believe other volumes may offer other languages.
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on February 18, 2016 6:24am
Hi Guillermo,
The Latin sections of John Moriarty's classic, authoratative book, Diction, now in its third edition, is widely considered essential reading for this topic. The same holds true for the French and German sections.
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