Solfeggio

An aspiring singer on a TV talent show decided to perform Doh a deer, and rashly decided to go out, so to speak, on a high note:

do

Which reminds me—the traditional gongche notation for the melodic skeleton of ritual shengguan translates nicely into solfeggio…

25-lq-zouma

Da Zouma score, written for me by Li Qing, 1992

“But that’s not important right now”. I allude, of course, to Airplane:

For those who can’t fathom the British propensity for punning, the only line of Doh a Deer that makes any sense is La, a note to follow so—precisely the only line where the author reveals a touching fallibility. Such literal audiences would be happier if it were all like that:

Re, a note to follow do
Mi, a note to follow re
Fa, a note to follow mi
and so on… It only remains to overhaul the opening line.

Given how well we know the song, it seems a bit weird how crap we Brits are at solfeggio. Another fun game would be to try singing the whole thing only in solfeggio:

Do, re mi, do mi do mi,
Re, mi fafa mire fa

and so on.

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