One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in tonic sol-fa) the fifth note of a major scale.
- ‘In Ex. 2 the fourth note, soh of D major, becomes the new doh, of A major, and is therefore given both names (sung as s'doh).’
- ‘Lully was famous for his composition of extended passacailles, pieces based on the ostinato repetition of repeating bass line, usually on a four-bar, stepwise descending bass line, the minor mode tetrachord from do to sol.’
- ‘Tonic sol-fa was taught as his school and, by eighth grade, he had learned to snap doh, mi, sol doh (a four note major chord) and performed this musical trick at a school concert.’
- 1.1 The note G in the fixed-doh system.
- ‘The so-called major scale consists of seven notes, which nowadays are designated by the letters C, D, E, F, G, A, and B, or sounded out as do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti.’
Middle English sol: representing (as an arbitrary name for the note) the first syllable of solve, taken from a Latin hymn (see solmization).
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