Definition of Solfege

1. Noun. Singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major.

Exact synonyms: Solfeggio, Solmization
Generic synonyms: Singing, Vocalizing
Derivative terms: Solmizate, Solmizate

2. Noun. A voice exercise; singing scales or runs to the same syllable.
Exact synonyms: Solfeggio
Generic synonyms: Singing, Vocalizing

Definition of Solfege

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of solfège) ¹

2. Noun. 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 ''moveable-do'' system uses ''do'' for whatever key the melody uses (thus B is ''do'' if the piece is in the key of B). The relative natural minor of a scale may be represented by beginning at ''la''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Solfege

1. a type of singing exercise [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Solfege

soleras
soleret
solerets
solers
soles
soleship
soleships
soleus
soleus muscle
soleuses
solfa
solfa syllable
solfanaria
solfatara
solfataras
solfege (current term)
solfeges
solfeggi
solfeggio
solfeggios
solferino
solferinos
solfrino cutter
solfrino cutters
solgel
soli
solicit
solicitant
solicitants
solicitate

Literary usage of Solfege

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1. Rhythm, Music and Education by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1921)
"CHAPTER VI RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT, solfege, AND IMPROVISATION (1914) Sound, rhythm, and dynamics—Harmony of imaginative and practical faculties—A bsolute music ..."

2. Gossip from Paris During the Second Empire: Correspondence (1864-1869) of by Anthony B. North Peat (1903)
"... baton of office in the form of a particularly well-polished coffee-pot, approaches and sings the solfege in a cracked voice and completely out of tune. ..."

3. The Musical World (1878)
"... as taught by FRANK MORI, are invaluable both to Students and Professors. New Edition of PETIT solfege. ... solfege." LE PETIT solfege. ..."

4. American Journal of Education (1871)
"... and accompaniment practically united, eight Professors titular of singing, three Professors titular of individual elementary singing (solfege) for men, ..."

5. Stokes' Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians: Covering the Entire Period of by Leander Jan De Bekker (1908)
"It. solfege. Solesmes was the village near Le Mannes, France, made famous by the ... Singing in which the solfege names of notes take the place of words. ..."

6. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians by Theodore Baker (1919)
"(with Kuhn) Nouveaux choix de psaumes et de cantiques (1848); solfege des chanteurs (1855); solfege a changements de clefs (1857); and solfege artistique ..."

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