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Friday, February 5, 2016

A musician named Guido...

That's right! The father of modern music notation was a guy named Guido! Guido d'Arezzo, who lived over 1,100 years ago, is said to have created a new way to write music notation, using the words to a latin hymn, and placing pitches on his newly created staff. We derive our modern sol-feg syllables from his original pitch names! Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, LA, Si- Ut was later changed to Do, and Si was changed to Ti.
The Latin hymn was called Ut Queant Laxis- a hymn of blessing to St. John. The text is as follows:
"Ut queant laxis, Resonare fibris, Mira gestorum, Famuli tuorum, Solve polluti, Labii reatum, Sancte Johannes"

I shared an interactive CDROM of this interesting story with our first and 1/2 MA classes this week. They really enjoyed learning about Guido, his music, and his passion to write it down.

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