Solmization
Solmization Sol`mi*za"tion, n. [F. solmisation, fr. solmiser to sol-fa; -- called from the musical notes sol, mi. See {Sol-fa}.] (Mus.) The act of sol-faing. [Written also {solmisation}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: This art was practiced by the Greeks; but six of the seven syllables now in use are generally attributed to Guido d' Arezzo, an Italian monk of the eleventh century, who is said to have taken them from the first syllables of the first six lines of the following stanza of a monkish hymn to St. John the Baptist. [1913 Webster]

Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris Mira gestorum Famuli tuorum Solve polluti Labii reatum, Sancte Joannes. [1913 Webster] Professor Skeat says the name of the seventh note, si, was also formed by him [Guido] from the initials of the two words of the last line; but this is disputed, Littr['e] attributing the first use of it to Anselm of Flanders long afterwards. The syllable do is often substituted for ut. [1913 Webster]


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  • Solmization — is a system of attributing a distinct syllable to each note in a musical scale. Various forms of solmization are in use and have been used throughout the world.In Europe and North America, solfège is the convention used most often. The seven… …   Wikipedia

  • solmization — (also solmisation) ► NOUN Music ▪ a system of associating each note of a scale with a particular syllable (typically the sequence doh, ray, me, fah, so, la, te), especially to teach singing. ORIGIN French, from sol «soh» + mi (see ME(Cf. ↑me)) …   English terms dictionary

  • solmization — [säl΄mi zā′shən] n. [Fr solmisation < solmiser, to sol fa < sol + mi: see GAMUT] the system or practice of identifying musical tones by syllables: often used as an aid in teaching music …   English World dictionary

  • solmization — /sol meuh zay sheuhn, sohl /, n. Music. the act, process, or system of using certain syllables, esp. the sol fa syllables, to represent the tones of the scale. [1720 30; < F solmisation, equiv. to solmis(er) (sol SOL1 + mi MI + iser IZE) + ation… …   Universalium

  • solmization — solmisatio лат. [сольмиза/цио] solmisation фр. [сольмизасьо/н] Solmisation нем. [сольмизацио/н] solmisazione ит. [сольмизацио/нэ] solmization англ. [солмизэ/йшн] сольмизация …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • solmization — noun Etymology: French solmisation, from solmiser to sol fa, from sol (from Medieval Latin) + miles (from Medieval Latin) + iser ize Date: 1730 the act, practice, or system of using syllables to denote the tones of a musical scale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • solmization — or solmisation ˌsɒlmɪ zeɪʃ(ə)n noun Music a system of associating each note of a scale with a particular syllable (typically the sequence doh, ray, me, fah, so, la, te), especially to teach singing. Derivatives solmizate verb Origin C18: from Fr …   English new terms dictionary

  • solmization — sol·mi·za·tion …   English syllables

  • solmization — sol•mi•za•tion [[t]ˌsɒl məˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsoʊl [/t]] n. mad the act, process, or system of using syllables to represent the tones of a musical scale • Etymology: 1720–30; < F solmisation=solmis(er) < sol sol I+mi mi+ iser ize …   From formal English to slang

  • solmization — n. Mus. a system of associating each note of a scale with a particular syllable, now usu. doh ray me fah soh lah te, with doh as C in the fixed doh system and as the keynote in the movable doh or tonic sol fa system. Derivatives: solmizate v.intr …   Useful english dictionary

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