Score Example lyrics-syllab

    The vocal part contains the original text and a translation. In the third measure, the translation has two syllables while the original-language lyrics has one. This is reflected in the music with a quarter note for the original lyrics and two eighth notes for the tranlated lyrics. Similar double-stem notation is used for multiple verses when the number of syllables varies between the verses. Example from the piano reduction of Wagner's Rheingold.


    più thinks Rei it fes were zu wise wal now ten, sway räth o’er lich the ring will to es en mich sure dün me. ken. sempre