Sol-fa

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sol-fa The gamut, or musical scale. See Tonic sol-fa, under Tonic n.
    • v. i Sol-fa To sing the notes of the gamut, ascending or descending; as, do or ut re mi fa sol la si do, or the same in reverse order. "Yet can I neither solfe ne sing."
    • v. t Sol-fa To sing to solmization syllables.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sol-fa In music, to solmizate, or sing solfeggii.
    • sol-fa In music, to sing to solmizationsyllables instead of to words.
    • n sol-fa In music:
    • n sol-fa The syllables used in solmization taken collectively; the act or process of solmization; solfeggio; also, rarely, same as scale or gamut.
    • n sol-fa See tonic sol-fa, under tonic.
    • n sol-fa The roll or baton used by the leaders of Italian choirs.
    • sol-fa Of or pertaining to solmization in singing: as, the sol-fa method, or tonic sol-fa method.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sol-fa sol′-fa to sing the notes of the scale in their proper pitch, using the syllables do (or ut), re, mi, fa, sol, la, si
    • pr.p Sol-fa sol-faing (sol′-fa-ing); pa.p. sol-faed (sol′-fad)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. solfa, the gamut, from the syllables fa, sol,

Usage

In literature:

Then they all learned songs together from tonic sol-fa, singing in a circle round the fire.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
She staggered and stumbled and somersaulted through two pages of DO-RE-ME-FA-SOL-LA-SI.
"The Price She Paid" by David Graham Phillips
With do, sol and fa he could sing through the whole book from cover to cover as good as anybody.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
Now, perhaps we had better sol-fa the tune.
"Two on a Tower" by Thomas Hardy
To those who are not accustomed to the Sol-fa notation it appears at first sight a useless encumbrance.
"Music As A Language" by Ethel Home
The music was the sol-fa notation.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
School and Home Song Book, Tonic Sol-Fa Edition.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Both the French Solfege method and the English Tonic Sol-fa system prove the advantage of rudimentary training in classes.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
These terms are also often applied to classes in sight-singing which use the sol-fa syllables.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
Here is a pun on 'wring' and 'ring'; and 'sol-fa' is used as an equivalent for 'sing.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
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In poetry:

When our three contenders two hours had gone through,
In graving and begging and Sol-faing too,
'Twas needful to state all their profit amounts,
So retreat to the tavern and settle accounts.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton

In news:

A nationally acclaimed a cappella quartet, Tonic Sol-fa , will perform at 7 pm Oct 11 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.
Algona's Shaun Johnson, Sioux City's Mark McGowan, Sioux Falls' Greg Bannwarth and Wyoming native Jared Dove are Tonic Sol-fa .
Tonic Sol-fa also talked about their upcoming shows on November 30th and December 1st at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Do a little holiday shopping with a friend and take them to the concert with Tonic Sol-fa at the Washington Pavilion.
The a capella quartet "Tonic Sol-fa" will be performing.
Wed 12/12, 8pm – Tonic Sol-fa: Greatest Time of Year.
Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol -fa has spent the past decade on the road carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group.
Tonic Sol-fa also talked about their upcoming shows on November 30th and December 1st at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.
Tonic Sol-fa, the popular Minnesota-based harmony group the New York Times praised as "a vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice," is back for their 2012 Holiday Tour.
Win Tickets to See Tonic Sol-Fa.
LITE 104.1—Your Christmas Music Station—Presents Tonic Sol-Fa.
Tonic Sol-Fa is coming back for more holiday cheer.
Tonic Sol-Fa: Greatest Time of Year PBS.
Tonic Sol-Fa performed their Holiday Show in Spencer December 10th at the Clay County Regional Events Center.
CHILLICOTHE, MO (2010-10-15) The a cappella group " Tonic Sol Fa" has performed world wide.
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