American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music Use of the sol-fa syllables to note the tones of the scale; solmization.
- n. Music A singing exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used instead of text.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- n. Same as solmization.
- n. A vocal exercise consisting of tones variously combined in steps, skips. or running passages, sung either to simple vowels or to arbitrary syllables, and designed to develop the quality, flexibility, and power of the voice.
- n. music a method of sight singing music that uses the syllables do (originally ut), re, mi, fa, sol (or so), la, and si (or ti) to represent the pitches of the scale, most commonly the major scale. The fixed-do system uses do for C, and the movable-do system uses do for whatever key the melody uses (thus B is do if the piece is in the key of B).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) The system of arranging the scale by the names
do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, by which singing is taught; a singing exercise upon these syllables.
- n. a voice exercise; singing scales or runs to the same syllable
- n. singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from solfa, sol-fa; see sol-fa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And take a look now at some of other words he had to handle during the finals -- something like "marmoraceous," "mistassini," "solfeggio" -- I really have no idea if I'm saying any of these right, but it sounds good for now.”
“After the Mass and the reception which followed, Canon Lebocq gave an introduction to Gregorian Chant for beginners, underlining its historical origins as well as the rudiments of solfeggio.”
“She studied solfeggio with Professor Jacques Goulet and voice with Celine Marier.”
“Caténaires is an unbroken perpetual-motion solfeggio, a fighter-jet-fast stream of equal notes (played, fighter-jet-fast, by Sandra Gu), and yet Carter still is shifting the time around in his usual fashion; it's like a pixelated version of himself.”
“Having finished her morning tea she went to the ballroom, which she particularly liked for its loud resonance, and began singing her solfeggio.”
“Think of a voice-trainer singing each solfeggio and song with his pupil during the lesson.”
“No, it was solfeggio, horrid dry scales to sing, and rhythm, and notation.”
“A musical test was instituted at the examination for the Brevet superieur  which made the study of solfeggio a more serious matter in the Ecoles Normales.”
“Unhappily in many districts the movement receives a lively opposition from music-teachers, who do not approve of this mnemotechnical way of learning poetry with music, without any instruction in solfeggio or musical science.”
“Two years later she studied solfeggio with Panseron.”
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