The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam (1048 - 1131). Translated by Edward Whinfield (1836-1922).
Omar Khayyám (1048–1131) was a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. In the Western world he is most famous for his many rubáiyát (quatrains), a four line rhyming stanza, which were popularized in an extensively reworked collection in English by Edward Fitzgerald, the first edition of which appeared in 1859.
However, Fitzgerald was neither the first nor the most scholarly of the translators of Omar Khayyam’s rubáiyát. As well as translating the poems of Hafez and Rumi, Edward Henry Whinfield (1836-1922) also produced a much more extensive English version of the rubáiyát. In 1883 he published a bilingual edition of 500 quatrains, in which the Persian original is presented side by side with the English translation.
This is a bilingual recording. Each quatrain will be read first in Persian and then in English translation. While listeners unfamiliar with the Persian language will not able to appreciate the meaning of the quatrains in their original form, everyone can at least enjoy the musicality of Omar’s verse, which Whinfield often succeeds in capturing. (Summary by Algy Pug)
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All sections in this project have already been allocated, as follows:
All quatrains in Persian - Mostafa
Introduction - Algy Pug
Quatrains 1 - 101 - Noel Badrian
Quatrains 102 - 200 - Darvinia
Quatrains 201 - 302 - ref
Quatrains 303 - 401 - Dublin Gothic
Quatrains 402 - 500 - Cleogirl
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We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim (or by the target completion date, whatever is sooner). Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it’ll go back to the pool. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen. The target completion date for this project is 31 July 2012.
- Where do I find the text?
Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.archive.org/details/quatrains1883omaruoft
For the convenience of readers and proof listeners, the text has been broken up as follows:
Quatrains 1 - 101:
Quatrains 102 - 200:
Quatrains 201 - 302:
Quatrains 303 - 401:
Quatrains 402 - 500:
Prospective Prooflisteners: Please read the Listeners Wanted FAQ before listening! Level of prooflistening requested: Word Perfect
BC Admin ======================================================
This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and readers (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
BC - please provide *all of* the following:
[*]Number of sections (files) this project will have: 16
[*]Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: Yes
[*]Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khayy%C3%A1m
[*]Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubaiyat_of_Omar_Khayyam
[*]Short description (please state who wrote the description. This can be a paragraph copied from Wikipedia. If you write this yourself, please be aware that your summary will be in the PD):
[*]Date of first publication: 1883
[*]Year of author's death (note: in some countries copyright is death of author plus 50 or 70 years) 1922
Please check the Recording Notes:
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Please leave no more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of your recording!
Make sure you add this to the beginning and end of your recording:
Start of recording (Intro)
- "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Whinfield. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Librivox. org
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Whinfield. Section (number) - Section title.
- For the introduction, then say:
Introduction read by Algy Pug
- For all subsequent sections, say:
Quatrains in Persian read by (name of reader). English translation read by (name of reader)."
- At the end of the section, say:
“End of Section (number) - Section title."
- At the end of the book, say (in addition):
"End of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, by Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Whinfield."
Please leave 5 seconds silence at the end of your recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes!
After reading each quatrain Mostafa will leave a short pause and then state the number of the quatrain in English. Therefore the readers in English need only read the text of each quatrain and not the number. All readers are asked to leave a short gap between each quatrain to make the editing easier.
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128 kbps MP3
rubaiyat_#_khayyam_whinfield_language.mp3 (all lower-case) where # is your section number. (e.g. rubaiyat_1_khayyam_whinfield_english.mp3)
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Title: # - [Section title] - [Language]
Artist: Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Whinfield
Album: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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