noun[mass noun] Music
- Known variously as solmisation, solfeggio or solfège, numerous systems have appeared over the centuries, all fashioned to meet specific needs or based on divergent theories.
- The history of the use of solmisation in voice training has been traced in the west and in India.
- Music playschools also introduce the children to the basics of solmisation and musical notation.
The commonest European system, still in use, originally named the notes ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la in groups of six (hexachords) beginning on G, C, or F, using syllables from a Latin hymn for St John the Baptist’s Day in which each phrase begins on the next note in the scale: ‘Ut queant laxis resonare fibris Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labili reatum, Sancte Iohannes’. A seventh note si was added later (from the initials of Sancte Iohannes). Modern systems typically use the sequence as arbitrarily adapted in the 19th century: doh, ray, me, fah, soh, la, te, with doh being C in the fixed-doh system and the keynote in the movable-doh or tonic sol-fa system.
- Example sentences
- A student got 15 questions correct on the written test - a multiple-choice exam that asked him to spell words like syssarcosis, peirastic and solmizate.
- This way of thinking is called ‘solmisation’ - so there you are - just get solmisating!
- The margins aren't empty - they form the space in which the inventiveness of the central section is sung into place (it's called to solmizate).
Mid 18th century: from French solmisation, based on sol 'soh' + mi (see me2).
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