Other Languages

While most of the recordings in this collection are in English, Rudolph Willard appears to have wanted to take advantage of any opportunity to capture speech in other languages as well. The recordings here present a variety of different types of material, from readings of textbook exercises and literature to extemporaneous speech.

Available Files

French:

Mr. Bernard reads Edgar Allan Poe in translation.

Helena S. Boatwright, Putnam Aldrich, Howard Boatwright, and Kathryn Jackson perform Louis-Nicolas Clérambault's "Orphée."

Roswell G. Ham reads "Pécheur."

German:

An unknown speaker describes his background.

Hebrew:

Maurice Friedman and Susie Michael perform Jewish music.

Italian:

Unknown performers sing excerpts from Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."

Japanese:

An unknown speaker reads selections from a textbook.

Latin:

William James Battle reads excerpts from "The Aeneid" and "The Odyssey."

Ms. Halley sings a vocal solo.

Rudolph Willard reads religious texts.

An unknown mixed choir performs with orchestral accompaniment.

Russian:

An unknown speaker talks about how there is no one to lend a helping hand.

Spanish:

Américo Castro y Quesada talks about varieties of Latin American Spanish.

An unknown speaker talks about Spanish pronunciation and reads vocabulary lessons.

An unknown speaker from Spain talks about Francisco Franco.

Yiddish:

Maurice Friedman and Susie Michael perform Jewish music.

French

Speaker: Mr. Bernard

TELL ID: 0118, 0119

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0118] Mr. Bernard reads "Le ver conquérant" (translation of "The Conqueror Worm"), "Le jour le plus heureux" (translation of "The Happiest Day, The Happiest Hour") and "Le corbeau" (translation of "The Raven") by Edgar Allan Poe.

[0119] Mr. Bernard reads "Le corbeau" (translation of "The Raven") by Edgar Allan Poe.

Date: Unknown

Language: French

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: College

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 3, Disc 4

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Performers: Helena S. Boatwright (Soprano), Putnam Aldrich (Harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (Violin), Kathryn Jackson (2nd Violin)

TELL ID: 0144, 0145, 0146, 0147, 0148, 0149

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0144] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part I of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

[0145] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part II of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. This disc was too severely damaged to digitize and no file has been recorded.

[0146] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part III of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. This disc was too severely damaged to digitize and no file has been recorded.

[0147] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part IV of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. This disc was too severely damaged to digitize and no file has been recorded.

[0148] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part V ("Vous avez") of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

[0149] Helena S. Boatwright (soprano), Putnam Aldrich (harpsichord), Howard Boatwright (violin), and Kathryn Jackson (2nd violin) perform Part VI ("Chantes la victoire") of the cantata "Orphée" by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

Date: Unknown

Language: French

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: [Helena S. Boatwright] Female

[Putnam Aldrich] Male

[Howard Boatwright] Male

[Kathryn Jackson] Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: [0144, 0145] Box 4, Disc 2

[0146, 0147] Box 4, Disc 3

[0148, 0149] Box 4, Disc 4

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None.

Speaker: Roswell G. Ham

TELL ID: 0329

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: Roswell G. Ham reads "Pécheur."

Date: 1940-1942

Language: French

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Male

Age: 48-51

Race: Unknown

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Professor; President, Mount Holyoke College

Original Recording Location: Box 7, Disc 13, Side 2, Track 2

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

German

Speaker: Unknown

TELL ID: 0088

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: A man describes his background.

Date: Unknown

Language: German.

Dialectal Influences: Germany, Austria, or Switzerland

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: White

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 2, Disc 17, Side 2, Track 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: 0082 is a related file. To hear this file, please contact TELL.

Hebrew

Performers: Maurice Friedman (Baritone), Susie Michael (Piano)

TELL ID: 0173, 0389, 0390, 0394, 0410

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0173] Maurice Friedman sings a solo song with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0389] Maurice Friedman sings "Y'Aleh" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0390] Maurice Friedman sings "Oy, der Rebbenu" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0394] Maurice Friedman sings "Hayom Harat Olam" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0410] Maurice Friedman sings "Oy, der Rebbenu" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

Date: 1941 or later

Language: Hebrew

Dialectal Influences: Lithuania

Seattle, King County, Washington

Manhattan, New York County, New York

Sex: [Maurice Friedman] Male

[Susie Michael] Female

Age: [Maurice Friedman] 47 or older

[Susie Michael] 42 or older

Race: White (both performers)

Education: [Maurice Friedman] Music conservatory

[Susie Michael] Unknown

Occupations: [Maurice Friedman] Singer

[Susie Michael] Music teacher; Pianist

Original Recording Location: [0173] Box 5, Disc 2, Side 1

[0389-0390] Box 8, Disc 12, Side 1, Tracks 1-2

[0394] Box 8, Disc 12, Side 2, Track 2

[0410] Box 8, Disc 15, Side 1, Track 2

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Italian

Performers: Unknown

TELL ID: 0221, 0222, 0223, 0224, 0227, 0228

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: Excerpts from a performance of Gioachino Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville."

Date: Unknown

Language: Italian

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Male, Male, Female, Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: [0221-0222] Box 6, Disc 5

[0223] Box 6, Disc 6, Side 1

[0224] Box 6, Disc 6, Side 2, Track 1

[0227-0228] Box 6, Disc 7

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Japanese:

Speaker: Unknown

TELL ID: 0038, 0039, 0040, 0041, 0042

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0038] A female reads a selection, including some sentences about eyeglasses that are no good.

[0039] A female reads a telephone conversation.

[0040] A female reads a selection.

[0041] A female reads a selection about mountain climbing.

[0042] A female reads a selection about a diary.

Date: Unknown

Language: Japanese

Dialectal Influences: Japan

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Asian

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 1, Discs 16-17

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: These are noise-reduced files. To hear the originals, please contact TELL.

Latin:

Speaker: William James Battle

TELL ID: 0265, 0266

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0265] William James Battle reads an excerpt from Virgil's "Aeneid."

[0266] William James Battle reads an excerpt from Homer's "Odyssey."

Date: 1920-1948

Language: Latin

Dialectal Influences: Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, Orange, Chatham, or Durham County, North Carolina

Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Sex: Male

Age: 39-68

Race: White

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Professor of Greek, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Classical Languages, University of Cincinnati; Dean of College of Arts, University of Texas at Austin; President, University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 6, Disc 18

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Performer: Ms. Halley

TELL ID: 0334

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: Ms. Halley sings a vocal solo.

Date: 1940-1942

Language: Latin

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 7, Disc 15, Side 1, Track 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Speaker: Rudolph Willard

TELL ID: 0258, 0259

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0258] Rudolph Willard reads the Nicene Creed, the Gloria, and a portion of the Roman Catholic liturgy.

[0259] Rudolph Willard reads John 1: 1-14, Titus 2: 11-15, and Luke 2: 1-14.

Date: Unknown

Language: Latin

Dialectal Influences: Sofia, Bulgaria

Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio

Coldspring, San Jacinto County, Texas

New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut

France

Wellesley, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: White

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Salesman; Teacher; Principal; Superintendent; Assistant Professor of English, Yale Uniersity; Visiting Professor of English, Wellesley College; Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 6, Disc 15

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Performers: Unknown

TELL ID: 0246

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: A mixed choir performs with orchestral accompaniment.

Date: 1941

Language: Latin

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Mixed Group, Unknown Size

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 6, Disc 12, Side 2, Track 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Russian

Speaker: Unknown

TELL ID: 0563

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: A man speaks in Russian, saying "there is no one to lend a helping hand."

Date: Unknown

Language: Russian

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 10, Disc 6, Side 1, Track 2

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Spanish

Speaker: Américo Castro y Quesada

TELL ID: 0260, 0261

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0260] Américo Castro y Quesada talks about varieties of Spanish spoken in Latin America.

[0261] Américo Castro y Quesada talks about differences between the language of Argentina and other Latin American countries.

Date: 1939-1940

Language: Spanish

Dialectal Influences: Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Granada, Spain

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Madrid, Spain

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Manhattan, New York County, New York

Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Male

Age: 53-55

Race: White (Hispanic)

Education: College, Graduate school

Occupations: Professor, University of Madrid; Ambassador of Spain to Germany; Professor, University of Wisconsin and University of Texas at Austin

Original Recording Location: Box 6, Disc 16

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: These are noise-reduced files. To hear the originals, please contact TELL.

Speaker: Unknown

TELL ID: 0217, 0218, 0219, 0220

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0217] A male speaker describes the pronunciation of different letters in Spanish.

[0218, 0219, 0220] A male speaker reads a vocabulary lesson in Spanish.

Date: Unknown

Language: English (0217, 0219), Spanish (all)

Dialectal Influences: United States

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: Unknown

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 6, Disc 4

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Speaker: Unknown

TELL ID: 0377

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: A Spanish male speaks about Francisco Franco.

Date: June 2, 1946

Language: English, Spanish

Dialectal Influences: Spain

Austin, Travis County, Texas

Sex: Male

Age: Unknown

Race: White (Hispanic)

Education: Unknown

Occupations: Unknown

Original Recording Location: Box 8, Disc 8, Side 1

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: None

Yiddish

Performers: Maurice Friedman (Baritone), Susie Michael (Piano)

TELL ID: 0174, 0387, 0391, 0393, 0405, 0407, 0412

Creator: Rudolph Willard

Description: [0174] Maurice Friedman sings a solo song with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael. This disc was too severely damaged to digitize and no file has been recorded.

[0387] Maurice Friedman sings a solo song with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0391] Maurice Friedman sings "Meirke, Mein Suhn" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0393] Maurice Friedman sings "Guten Morgen" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0405] Maurice Friedman sings "Lied von Schadchen" with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0407] Maurice Friedman sings a song with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

[0412] Maurice Friedman sings a song with piano accompaniment by Susie Michael.

Date: 1941 or later

Language: Yiddish

Dialectal Influences: Lithuania

Seattle, King County, Washington

Manhattan, New York County, New York

Sex: [Maurice Friedman] Male

[Susie Michael] Female

Age: [Maurice Friedman] 47 or older

[Susie Michael] 42 or older

Race: White (both performers)

Education: [Maurice Friedman] Music conservatory

[Susie Michael] Unknown

Occupations: [Maurice Friedman] Singer

[Susie Michael] Music teacher; Pianist

Original Recording Location: [0174] Box 5, Disc 2, Side 2

[0387] Box 8, Disc 11, Side 1, Track 2

[0391] Box 8, Disc 12, Side 1, Track 3

[0393] Box 8, Disc 12, Side 2, Track 1

[0405] Box 8, Disc 14, Side 2, Track 1

[0407] Box 8, Disc 14, Side 2, Track 3

[0412] Box 8, Disc 15, Side 2, Track 4

Additional Files with Duplicate Content: 0388 and 0395 (partial duplicates of 0387), 0411 (duplicate of 0407). To hear these files, please contact TELL.

Sources:


Martin, M. (n.d.). Symbolum Nicaenum. Retrieved from http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Symbola/Nicaenum.html
Read the Latin Vulgate Free Online. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.biblestudytools.com/vul/
Sancta Missa - Handbook for Altar Servers. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://sanctamissa.org/en/serving/handbook-for-altar-servers-05.html
What Is the Translation of the "Gloria"? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.liveabout.com/translation-of-the-gloria-724434
Image Credit: "World map with four colours." Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:World_map_with_four_colours.svg