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Post by ChuckW » July 21st, 2012, 1:04 pm

Hey gang,

So, as some of you know, I'm in the process of planning out my next dramatic project: the English language version Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays. I plan on launching this in a couple of weeks (after I've cleared up my backlog), but wanted to see if I could get some assistance from someone in the community. In particular, I wanted to see if anyone could create for me a pronunciation guide for all the names in the play. I'm sure there will be plenty of volunteers who will have difficulty pronouncing many of these names correctly. If you're fluent in German and think you can help some of us say these names correctly, please let me know.

Here are some links to the plays:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29682

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33415

Let me know if you're willing to help out. And thanks. :)

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Post by Karlsson » July 22nd, 2012, 12:11 pm

Hey Chuck,

I'll be pleased to help you. Please let me know details when you are ready.

Bye,
Karlsson

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Post by ChuckW » July 28th, 2012, 8:20 am

Karlsson wrote:Hey Chuck,

I'll be pleased to help you. Please let me know details when you are ready.

Bye,
Karlsson
Thanks Karlsson! I really appreciate it! In a nutshell, I'd just need two audio files (one for each play) informing all potential volunteer how each name is pronounced. Some names (like Lulu) probably don't need to be explained, but some names aren't even German (like Kungu Poti). Specifically, I just want to focus on the German names. I'll go ahead and post the names of all the characters below.

Thanks again! I'm launching this project sometime next week, but there's no big rush to get it finished!

Earth Spirit
DR. SCHÖN, newspaper owner and editor.
ALVA, his son, a writer.
DR. GOLL, M.D.
SCHWARZ, an artist.
PRINCE ESCERNY, an African explorer.
ESCHERICH, a reporter.
SCHIGOLCH, a beggar.
RODRIGO, an acrobat.
HUGENBERG, a schoolboy (played by a girl.)
FERDINAND, a coachman.
LULU.
COUNTESS GESCHWITZ.
HENRIETTE, a servant.

Pandora's Box
Lulu.
Alva Schön, writer.
Schigolch.
Rodrigo Quast, acrobat.
Alfred Hugenberg, escaped from a reform-school.
Countess Geschwitz.
Bianetta.
Ludmilla Steinherz.
Magelone.
Kadidia, her daughter.
Count Casti Piani.
Puntschu, a banker.
Heilmann, a journalist.
Bob, a groom.
A Detective.
Mr. Hunidei.
Kungu Poti, imperial prince of Uahubee.
Dr. Hilti, tutor.
Jack.

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Post by catrose » July 28th, 2012, 8:31 am

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Post by J_N » July 28th, 2012, 10:04 am

Funny - the German versions of those plays are also in the works... I wonder which will finish first :D
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Post by J_N » July 28th, 2012, 10:06 am

Sorry catrose - but most of those pronounciations are quite English... :)
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Post by catrose » July 28th, 2012, 11:39 am

J_N wrote:
Sorry catrose - but most of those pronounciations are quite English... :)
Ok, Chuck ignore mine please:)
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Post by ChuckW » July 28th, 2012, 11:58 am

Sadly, I did get excited for a moment!

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Post by catrose » July 28th, 2012, 12:00 pm

Why don't you take the pronunciations from the German version?
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Post by ChuckW » July 28th, 2012, 12:39 pm

catrose wrote:Why don't you take the pronunciations from the German version?
Not a bad idea, although some of the roles are still open on both plays... so I'd still need someone to tell me how to pronounce the names of other characters regardless.

(I do want to listen to PatrickLondon's performance as Alva, though, just to get an idea of how I should perform the character for the English language version.)

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Post by J_N » July 28th, 2012, 12:58 pm

If Karlsson is busy, I'll be happy to help you out - but since he already offered I don't want to cut in :)
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Post by ChuckW » July 28th, 2012, 1:09 pm

J_N wrote:If Karlsson is busy, I'll be happy to help you out - but since he already offered I don't want to cut in :)
Ha, ha! The more, the merrier! :lol:

I don't want to cause a feud between the two of you, but I'll take help wherever I can get it! Thanks J_N!

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Post by J_N » July 28th, 2012, 1:34 pm

you can actually find some of them on http://www.forvo.com

Earth Spirit
DR. SCHÖN, newspaper owner and editor.
ALVA, his son, a writer.
DR. GOLL, M.D.
SCHWARZ, an artist.
PRINCE ESCERNY, an African explorer.
ESCHERICH, a reporter.
SCHIGOLCH, a beggar.
RODRIGO, an acrobat.
HUGENBERG, a schoolboy (played by a girl.)
FERDINAND, a coachman.
LULU.
COUNTESS GESCHWITZ.
HENRIETTE, a servant.

Pandora's Box
Lulu.
Alva Schön, writer.
Schigolch.
Rodrigo Quast, acrobat.
Alfred Hugenberg, escaped from a reform-school.
Countess Geschwitz.
Bianetta.
Ludmilla Steinherz.
Magelone.
Kadidia, her daughter.
Count Casti Piani.
Puntschu, a banker.
Heilmann, a journalist.
Bob, a groom.
A Detective.
Mr. Hunidei.
Kungu Poti, imperial prince of Uahubee.
Dr. Hilti, tutor.
Jack.

Edit: I have added a couple of pronounciations to forvo and linked them here :)
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Post by Karlsson » July 28th, 2012, 3:14 pm

Hi,

here is my file with the german names:
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/xx/pronunciationhelp_lulu.mp3 (04:51).

I read each name three times, first normally, then very slowly and articulated, then normally again (except Bob and Jack :wink: )

Bye,
Karlsson

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Post by catrose » July 28th, 2012, 3:15 pm

YAY! Chuck will be so pleased! :D
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