The world of music: how we got the notes
We can write music in a sheet of paper as well as we write words. Have you ever thought how the musical notes became what they are now? Let's learn together!
In the Middle Ages music used to be written with help of letters.
There is a curious story about the names of the notes. You may have never heard of it before!
The first lines of the hymn are following:
Ut queant laxis
Thus, the names of the notes were: Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La. The note "Si" was added later. All of the syllables, except for "Ut" are open ones, they are easy to sing. As a result, "Ut" was changed into "Do" - that probably came from a Latin word "Dominus" (God).
Here is the Catholic hymn for you to get acquainted with:
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