Solmization [solfatio, solmifatio]
- Andrew Hughes
- and Edith Gerson-Kiwi
The use of syllables in association with pitches as a mnemonic device for indicating melodic intervals. Such syllables are, musically speaking, arbitrary in their selection, but are put into a conventionalized order (such as kung–shang–chiao–chueh–yü; ding–dong–dèng–dung–dang; ut–re–mi–fa–sol–la).
Many systems of this sort exist in the principal musical cultures of the world; they serve as aids in the oral transmission of music, and may be used either for direct teaching or as a means of memorizing what has been heard. A solmization system is not a notation: it is a method of aural rather than visual recognition (...