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Eleventh century Benedictine monk Guido d'Arezzo is credited with developing the system of music notation in which the lines and spaces of a staff indicate specific pitches. The names he assigned to the pitches -- ut (later changed to do), re, mi, fa, sol, and la -- are known to be derived from the first syllable of the lines of an eighth century poem, "Ut queant laxis," by Paul the Deacon. In d'Arezzo's version, each line begins on a successively higher note of the scale. In his 2007 book Horace's Odes and the Mystery of ...

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