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Pronunciation:  `sâlmi'zeyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale
  2. [n]  a system of naming the notes of a musical scale by syllables instead of letters

SOLMIZATION is a 11 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: solmisation
 See Also: musical notation, singing, solfa, tonic solfa, vocalizing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sol`mi*za"tion\, n. [F. solmisation, fr. solmiser
to sol-fa; -- called from the musical notes sol, mi. See
{Sol-fa}.] (Mus.)
The act of sol-faing. [Written also {solmisation}.]

Note: This art was practiced by the Greeks; but six of the
      seven syllables now in use are generally attributed to
      Guido d' Arezzo, an Italian monk of the eleventh
      century, who is said to have taken them from the first
      syllables of the first six lines of the following
      stanza of a monkish hymn to St. John the Baptist.

            Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris Mira gestorum
            Famuli tuorum Solve polluti Labii reatum, Sancte
            Joannes. Professor Skeat says the name of the
      seventh note, si, was also formed by him [Guido] from
      the initials of the two words of the last line; but
      this is disputed, Littr['e] attributing the first use
      of it to Anselm of Flanders long afterwards. The
      syllable do is often substituted for ut.