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The names of the musical notes, as we know them, date from the 12th century and correspond to the original syllables of the first six verses of the hymn to St. John the Baptist: UT queant laxis / REsonare fibris / MIra gestorum / FAmuli tuorum / SOLve polluti / LAbii reatum, Sancte Iohannes ("so that your servants may sing with free voices the wonders of your works, wipe out sin, O St. John," from their unworthy lips). It was Guido d’Arezzo, a famous music theorist, who noticed that each verse corresponded to a different key and used his initials to define the notes. However, we will have to wait until the 16th century before the seventh note gets its final name (SI, from the initials of Sancte Iohannes), and the 17th century to replace the UT note with DO in our country as well.
December 4th, 2020
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