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The History Of Solfege
Transcript of The History Of Solfege
The Sound Of Music
Most people think the words came from the movie!
There was no way for music to be passed on from one person to the next except by singing. This was very difficult. There was also no easy way to teach a song.
Guido was a monk who lived c. 995-1050. He heard a song called the Hymn To St. John and realized that each line of the song started on a different note, moving up by one each time. So he took the first syllable of each set of words and turned it into the beginnings of the scale. Later UT was changed to DO and TI came from the SJ of Saint John which became SI and then was changed to TI so that it was different from SO.
Guido is also given credit for developing the beginning of the modern staff.
Ut queant laxis
Beginnings of written
modern music on a staff.
The latin words mean: So that your servants may, with loosened voices, resound the wonders of your deeds, clean the guilt from our stained lips, O Saint John
John Curwen developed these handsigns in the mid 1800's to help teach his Sunday School children hymns. They are still used by music teachers today.
But they actually began about
900 years earlier!