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Thread #131089   Message #2955421
Posted By: Burke
30-Jul-10 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: tonic sol fa
Subject: RE: tonic sol fa
I have Curwen's Musical Theory in front of me right now. When it comes to accidentals his emphasis is more on the way it's indicated in the notation than the pronunciation. Here's what I've gleaned from a brief check & looking at several places in the book.

Basic scale:
d-Doh
r-Ray
m-Me
f-Fah
s-Soh
l-Lah
t-Te

"The sign for a flat in the Tonic Sol-fa notation is the alteration of the syllabic vowel to aw, written a, thus te ta. The sign for a sharp is the alteration of the syllabic vowel to ee, written e, thus fah fe." Murray he goes on a great deal to point out that the sharp of a note is lower than the flat of the next above. Keyboard instruments treat them as the same, but in singing and unfretted strings they are not. Also Ray tends to get flatted a comma when in a chord with Fah or Lah and is called Rah and marked r`

Here's all the possible tones pulled from a chart starting at the top
DOH-d
du (rare)
ty (rare)
TE-t
ta
le (rare)
LAH-l
la (no indication of pronunciation)
se
SOH-s
sa (I've interpolated this, I can't find it in the book)
fe
ba (used as raised 6 in melodic minor)
FAH-f
fu (rare)
my (rare)
ME-m
ma
re
RAY-r
rah-r`
de
DOH-d

ba sharped is be