Video Fix: A Language Made of Music

July 4, 2018 9:30 am

 

Back in the 19th Century, one man had a crazy idea – to compose a universal second language made entirely of musical notes.

French composer and music teacher Jean-François Sudre spent more than three decades inventing a language made of music called “Solresol”. Sudre believed that his linguistic invention would eventually gain popularity and lift communication barriers across cultural borders. Unfortunately, the musical language, which consisted of musical note combinations and manual signs, was widely forgotten shortly after Sudre’s death in 1862.

This interesting and amusing video takes us on a journey through the creation and history of this intriguing musical language, explaining how the language is structured, and why it never manifested as a popular means of communication.

 

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