The names for the black notes Va Wu – Xe Yu Ze have initials that can coexist with the main note name systems. The vowels contrast with solfa note names within a range of three half-steps (semitones).
……………Va Wu Xe Yu Ze
………..Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si
These five syllables can be integrated with Fixed Solfa, Letter Names and movable solfa as will be shown in the examples that follow. Notations are created that are suitable for beginners, casual learners and late starters. Though notes are easily identifiable, bypassing the complications of signature and accidental, the notations follow in all other respects the conventions traditional sheet music. A note that has been tied is shown as a normal note head.
The first example places VaWu among Fixed Solfa in this Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach. To reduce the notes to a single character the note Si has been shown as $. The note Do has the o enclosed (which luckily mirrors that shape made by the lips for this vowel). This feature distinguishes Do from the letter name D. To view click on the blue title. Minuet in Fixed Solfa
The next example places VaWu among Letter Names. The note called B by transatlantic readers and H by Northern European readers is shown as the ancient square b/h so as to be interpreted by both subcultures in their own way.Minuet Letter Names
When the letters have lower case initials they represent movable solfa, as in the next example. Following the tradition of Kodaly music education the minor tonic is shown as la. It can be seen that between bars 13 and 16 the piece modulates to the relative major cadencing on do. Minuet movable solfa
In the next example shows how movable solfa can display the relationship of both melody and harmony to the tonic. In the Swan from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, the melodic notation runs parallel with chord symbols built on movable solfa syllables.The conventions of chord symbols are followed with a few adjustments. The symbol d3 represents a major chord built on do to distinguish it from the sung note do. The 3 is dropped when there are other clues to identify the letter as a chord symbol. Following convention the minus sign indicates a minor chord (rather than m which could be confused for the note mi. As usual, where a chord is displayed as a “fraction” the note below the line is a single note in the bass. Click on the blue text to see the score: the swan saint saens
In all these example the key signatures are redundant but can be included as an option. The staves are adapted to make the characters stand out being grey with slightly broader lines. The dotted lines replace leger lines which coexist unhappily with letters.grey lines5leger
Pronunciation of the solfa syllables varies between language groups, however contrast between adjacent consonants can be achieved by pronouncing the Xe as in Greek that is with the German /Scottish ch, and Ze as in Castilian Spanish as in the English th. It may be found convenient to pronounce both Si and ti as tsi if you are frequently moving between Fixed Solfa and movable solfa.
These usages are public domain. The letters VW XYZ were proposed by Robert Stuckey and Richard Parncutt in 1987.The vowels were added in 1995. As yet there is no computer program to convert from MusXML or MIDI files into any of these mixtures.