Music in Different Languages for International Mother Language Day

Today, February 21, is officially International Mother Language Day. This day was first commemorated in 2000 by the United Nations in order to highlight the significance of native languages as a cultural asset and to foster the linguistic and cultural diversity of people around the world. Over 6,000 languages are spoken worldwide. Just some of them can be found in the RISM database when they are used as words to a song or other piece of music. Which ones are they, and how do you find them?

In the RISM online catalog, go to the Advanced Search and select Language. Enter the name of the language in English (though some have to be searched instead by their three-letter ISO code).

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RISM has music in the following languages:

Arabic
Aragonese (search using arg)
Catalan
Chinese
Church Slavic
Croatian (search using hrv)
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
Finnish
French
German
Greek, Ancient
Greek, Modern
Hebrew
Hungarian
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin
Latvian
Luxembourgish (search using ltz)
Lithuanian
Low German (search using nds)
Macedonian
Middle English
Middle High German
Mongolian
Neapolitan (search using nap)
Northern Frisian (search using frr)
Norwegian
Occitan (search using oci)
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Romani
Romansh (search using roh)
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Sicilian (search using scn)
Slavic
Slovak
Slovenian
Sorbian
Lower Sorbian (search using dsb)
Upper Sorbian (search using hsb)
Spanish
Swedish
Swiss German (search using gsw)
Turkish
Ukrainian
Welsh
West Frisian (search using fry)
Yiddish

Is your mother tongue on the list? We add to the list whenever we have a musical source with a new language. This month's update to the online catalog will include West Frisian for the first time.

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