HE ENGLISH LANGUAGE is pronounced differently in the various English-speaking countries: Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, and so forth. I have been receiving emails from my friends in England. They are unhappy with the way I set the word CATHOLIC.
I was taught by professors of Choral Methods a dictum similar to Franz Xavier Haberl’s famous one: Sing as you speak.
For example, when you sing ANGEL, don’t sing “ain-JELL.” Sing it how you say it: “AIN-juhll.”
I recently composed this setting of the Creed:
To my ear, words like EVERY are only two syllables ( EV- ‘RY ) not three. The same holds true for “Catholic,” as you can see here:
WHILE WE’RE ON THIS SUBJECT, certain words in English cause problems when they come at the end of a Psalm tone because they have an accented syllable followed by three (or even four!) unaccented syllables. Here are some examples:
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If you have a word like GLORIOUSLY you can “cheat” by making it three syllables instead of four. The same can be done with HEAVEN — it can be two syllables or one.
I heard a professional group sing “See – lebrity” for Celebrity. Frightful!
I heard a professional singers sing “Cruella Dee – vill” for Cruella de Vil. Terrible!