Walter Stegman

Tuesday, December 30, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Linguist, record collector, and translator of opera libretti Walter Stegman hosts.

He plays excerpt from first act of Verdi's La Traviata (performed in German) and then discusses linguistics in opera, he calls the translations a shock: strange sounds coupled with the music.

Stegman then plays the death scene of Modest Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov performed in Italian and then in the original Russian.

He then plays two examples of the Spanish lyric-dramatic genre zarzuela.

To illustrate the idea that he doesn't always think that an opera is best performed in its native language he palys Elektra by Richard Strauss in French and in German.

Followed by French art song "Come Let Us Wander Alone" by Peter Cornelius.

Next, Gluck's Orpheus is performed in French, English and Italian. Stegman prefers the Italian.

Orchestral interlude "La boda de Luis Alonso" by Jerónimo Jiménez.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72647
Municipal archives id: LT3877

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hal pittard (harold) from edgewater, florida

WALTER, hopefully you will remember an aspiring young dancer from the early l950's. you lived just off of central park west somewhere in the seventies, I believe. I was showing you my double pieouette and fell on your coffee table and broke your cigarette dish (sorry, I didn't have enough moneyu to replace it) also, you got a very large dog, and on a walk in the park, the dog got away anc chased a horsebeck rider, and you were in trouble. I remember, you worked at the city radio station. have often thought of you through the years. if you receive this, please send me a message. I live in edgewater, florida. I would love to call you for a chat if you are available. my phone # : 386 663 4028.

Sep. 02 2014 12:34 AM

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