[Course] Song Translation

Song Translation

Course Trainer

Prof Lucile Desblache

Trainer Background

Lucile Desblache is a professor of Translation and Transcultural Studies. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature (Univ. Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand) and a Doctorate in Musicology (Univ. Paris VIII).

Who Would Benefit?

Freelance translators, undergraduate and postgraduate translation students, translation tutors, researchers

Course Content

This course is aimed at translators (particularly audiovisual translators), linguists and translation students with a special interest in music. No prerequisite in music skills is needed, although musicians with an interest in languages are also welcome. We will first introduce song translation in the overall context of music translation today. We will then examine which questions need to be asked when considering the translation of songs. The social, historical contexts in which a song is played determines whether it is to be translated but also how and for which medium (e.g., live theatre, film, publication) its lyrics are to be transferred.

The most common musical forms used in songs and how they relate to poetic forms will be considered as they affect how lyrics are produced and organised. The main types of translation pertaining to songs will be surveyed and connected to the different communication purposes that are suitable for them.

Various exercises will allow participants to put in practice the ideas discussed and to have an insight into this complex and rewarding form of transfer.

Course Objectives

This course will introduce lecturers, students and professionals to song translation in the overall context of music translation today.


You will receive a certificate of attendance

Location and booking information
Date 26/04/2019
Time 11am – 3pm (Lunch Break from 12.30 until 13.30 pm)
Duration One Day
Price Full rate: £120 (including lunch)
Roehampton students, alumni, and staff: £70
Venue Southlands College, University of Roehampton
Directions View
Address Southlands College, Queens Building Room 046
Roehampton University
80 Roehampton Ln,
London, SW15 5SL