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n. Music
The act or a system of using syllables, especially sol-fa syllables, to represent the tones of the scale.

[French solmisation, from solmiser, to sol-fa : sol, note of the scale (from Medieval Latin; see gamut) + mi, note of the scale (from Medieval Latin; see gamut).]
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(ˌsɒlmɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Music, other) music a system of naming the notes of a scale by syllables instead of letters derived from the 11th-century hexachord system of Guido d'Arezzo, which assigns the names ut (or do), re, mi, fa, sol, la, si (or ti) to the degrees of the major scale of C (fixed system) or (excluding the syllables ut and si) to the major scale in any key (movable system). See also tonic sol-fa
[C18: from French solmisation, from solmiser to use the sol-fa syllables, from sol1 + mi]
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(ˌsɒl məˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsoʊl-)

the act, process, or system of using syllables to represent the tones of a musical scale.
[1720–30; < French solmisation=solmis(er) <sol sol1 + mi mi + -iser -ize]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solmization - a system of naming the notes of a musical scale by syllables instead of letters
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
solfa, tonic solfa - a system of solmization using the solfa syllables: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti
2.solmization - singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music
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Solmization originated during the rise of musical literacy in the Carolingian era, as musical literacy necessitated a way to teach it.
It's there in the oldest folk songs and central to what they technically call "solmization" or "solfege".
Named after the most successful of the numerous shape-note tune books that were compiled in that region and period, The Sacred Harp (1844), the tradition as practiced in the South includes a number of time-honored customs such as opening and closing the session with prayer, shared leadership, arrangement of the singers into a "hollow square" with the leader in the middle, and singing the tune using solmization syllables before performing the words.
Lyons, a former Classics scholar at King's College in Cambridge, provides an English translation of Horace's Odes, along with historical background; information on Horace's life and education and interpretations of him as a songwriter; and how the odes are the source for Guido d'Arezzo's solmization system.
(The cho whole-tone series was conceived as fitting in between the notes of the ch'ing series.) Finally, it could be a reference to gamut scale positions (that is, the old kung, shang, chueh, chih, yii solmization) that were "harmonically unaltered" (also known as "correct" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
Its wide array of images (that includes, instruments, mnemonic aids, musical notation, tuning diagrams, dance steps, and more), descriptions of instrumental designs, and explanations of musical concepts (such as, solmization, origin of the scale, harmony of the spheres, etc.) supplies comprehensive support for her view that musical models of all sorts informed and influenced those of science.
Berata for the first time, he immediately began to sing the melody with the vowel sounds that serve as Balinese solmization syllables or ndings.
Solmization can partly explain some of the features that Williams isolates in the early part of the book.
This review is not the forum for discussing this policy at length; certainly singers at the time would read their parts prima vista according to the melodic line and the solmization; the question is whether they or their choirmaster would adjust their reading the second time round.
Or, in serious contemporary art, that televisual disdain for "hypocritical" retrovalues like originality, depth, and integrity has no truck with those recombinant "appropriation" styles of art and architecture in which past becomes pastiche,[25] or with the tuneless solmization of a Glass or a Reich, or with the self-conscious catatonia of a platoon of Raymond Carver wannabes?
In 1917, Wolfli began composing music by means of solmization, replacing traditional notation with an obscure code of words and symbols.
Guido of Arezzo is surely the most familiar of all Medieval music theorists; certainly no history of music course fails to introduce Guido as the inventor of the staff and of solmization. And many, if not most, also credit him with the system of overlapping hexachords, taken as the way musicians of the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance conceived pitch relationships, and therefore seen as the key to understanding medieval and Renaissance music properly.