This rhythmically engaging song based on a Swedish proverb, features singing syllables (vocables) from around the world, including such gems as “tra-la-la-le-ru-la,” “la déri don,” “ay dam tarradam,” and “su-de-rut-tan-tei.”
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Just exactly how does one say "tra-la-la" in Turkish?
When I began searching for singing syllables from around the world, I had no idea the task would prove to be so fascinating. For several months I carried on a correspondence with choral directors and linguists from around the world, who offered me singing syllables - also known as vocables - as well as guidance on pronunciation and usage, relevant books and articles, and their encouragement. Some syllables are from very localized dialects, while others are from wider regions. To my helpers everywhere, thank you so very much!
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Amherst Bel Canto Choir / Marjorie Bohn (Silver Creek, NY)
ANIMA Singers / Emily Ellsworth (Chicago, IL)
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Coro Giovanile / Joan Yakkey ~
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New Jersey Children's Choir / Carol Richardi (Upper Montslair, NJ)
South Dakota Elementary Honors Choir / Ann Schrooten ~ South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)
Springfield Children's Chorus / Kayla Werlin ~ Amherst College (Amherst, Brookline & Springfield, MA)
Traverse City Central H. S. Vocal Majority / Wendee Wolf-Schlarf ~
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