[Smt-talk] German christmas hymns.

Michael Morse mwmorse at bell.net
Wed Dec 11 09:21:58 PST 2013

"ei" is invariably like English "eye" or "I"; "eia" should acquire a "y" along the way, and be rendered "eye-ya"

From: reinifrosch at bluewin.ch
To: smt-talk at lists.societymusictheory.org
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:54:33 +0000
Subject: [Smt-talk] German christmas hymns.

Dear german-speaking colleagues,
The word "eia" occurs in many German christmas hymns, e.g., in "Zu Bethlehem geboren": eia, eia, sein eigen will ich sein. Our choir has mixed opinions on how to pronounce the syllable "ei" in "eia" (like the English word "wide", or like "rain"?)  Your help will be appreciated.

With best wishes,

Reinhart Frosch,

Dr. phil. nat.,

CH-5200 Brugg.

reinifrosch at bluewin.ch .

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