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Berlioz Pandemonium Pronunciation

Does anyone know if there is a "correct" pronunciation for the infernal language in Berlioz' Pandemonium?  I would welcome your comments!
on September 5, 2013 3:10am
Hi nancy,
 
when writing my diss on this piece, I found nothing that addressed the pronunciation of this section. In some recordings, there is variety in the amount of "character" in the tone (one in particular stands out in which the chorus sang with a thin, edgy tone in this section, and exaggerated the /s/ sounds, perhaps trying to sound "demonic"). The norm seemed to be singing phonetically with pure vowels. Who is doing the work? I'm always eager to hear it!
on September 6, 2013 4:12am
When we sang this (*Damnation of Faust* conclusion, I presume?) back in the 70s under Eve Queler at Temple University, we used basic "Latin" pronunciation: Hassssssssss (we did exaggerate the hiss)...ee-ree-mee-broo kah-rah-brah-oh, etc.... Anything that was actual French we pronounced accordingly.
 
Hope this helps,
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