- a vocal exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used.
- the use of the sol-fa syllables to name or represent the tones of a melody or voice part, or the tones of the scale, or of a particular series, as the scale of C; solmization.
Origin of solfeggio
1765–75; < Italian, derivative of solfeggiare, equivalent to solf(a) (see sol-fa) + -eggiare v. suffix
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Examples from the Web for solfeggio
Perhaps you may be passed in with even a solfeggio, but just think!From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
He might be practising a solfeggio,” I suggested, “which you could sing for him.Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
Certain studies were repugnant to him, mathematics and solfeggio.Rodin: The Man and his Art
She took up her studies in solfeggio and harmony and settled down into the routine of hard, persistent study with renewed vigor.
The practice of solfeggio gives clearness and accuracy to the ear, and teaches the eye to read with certainty and speed.
- a voice exercise in which runs, scales, etc, are sung to the same syllable or syllables
- solmization, esp the French or Italian system, in which the names correspond to the notes of the scale of C major
C18: from Italian solfeggiare to use the syllables sol-fa; see gamut
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