word painting


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word painting

n.
1. The technique of using the phonic qualities of words to suggest or reinforce their meaning, especially in poetry.
2. The technique of using the musical qualities of a vocal line to suggest or reinforce the meaning of the lyric.
Translations
figuralisme
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These are surely inspiring texts for a composer, with rich, evocative images and opportunities for vivid word painting.
Rich with antiphonal scoring, imaginative word painting and inventive harmonies, these features were brought to life well by conductor, Paul Spicer, and the work's chameleonlike shifts in register and dynamic nimbly negotiated by the performers.
The poem itself becomes everything whose absence he laments--a hymn, a word painting, an account of the liberation, and, even, a Te Deum--abbreviated, but a reminder of what such a composition should contain.
This duet leads to the climax of the piece where there is an example of word painting.
The intimacy, contrapuntal textures and word painting of Baroque music were more obvious when the soloists performed with small segments of the orchestra.
The music features the kinds of word painting (such as melismas for singing, rests for sighs, and dissonances for pain and suffering) that were standard at the time.
His Firewhirl,a powerful setting of a George Macbeth poem, used word painting to a huge degree and also depicted a huge range of emotions.
The author points out Schutz's organizational strategies and offers many apt illustrations of how he brings the text to life--how he "reads" the words musically--by means of both word painting and more abstract text-music relationships.
And since I don't have a picture to show you, I'll have to resort to a word painting instead.
All benefited from Hampson's superb word painting and his big, burnished sound.