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date: 20 November 2019

Eitz methodlocked

  • Bernarr Rainbow


An extremely elaborate solmization system, originally named the ‘Tonwort’ method. It was devised in 1892 by Carl Andreas Eitz (b Wehrstedt, nr Halberstadt, 25 June 1848; d Eisleben, 18 April 1924), a German mathematician and teacher of music at Eisleben. Designed to accommodate the chromatic idiom of the late 19th century, the method provided a separate syllabic note name for each diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic degree of the untempered scale. Using these names, the pupil was taught to identify and sing the notes concerned according to just intonation.

The basis of the system was a series of seven note names: bi, to, gu, su, la, fe and ni, permanently associated with the rising scale of C major. To these syllabic names were added two separate series of related names for the intervening semitones and enharmonic degrees. Diatonic semitones were allotted names which retained the vowel of the parent note (...

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