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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The vocal lines are shaped rhythmically to the words and melodically to the ideas expressed, often with subtle tone painting.
I wish I could say that Rattle's reading expresses all of Bruckner's spiritual fervor and picturesque tone painting, but, alas, for me it accomplishes only half the job.
A ground-breaking piece of tone painting in its time, it still grabs the attention in this spirited arrangement for violin, recorders, theorbo and bass viol.
The five-minute transcription of ``The Old Castle'' from ``Pictures at an Exhibition'' is a stunning piece of tone painting.
This kind of treatment works perfectly with a tone painting such as this; the viewer can feel that he or she is viewing the localities that the composer was seeing in his mind's eye at the time of composition.
It might have been fun to hear what the master tone painting could have done with it.
There is nothing particularly remarkable about any of the overtures, but they are clearly a step toward tone painting and even impressionism.
Recorded in 1976, the performances are colorful, sometimes splashy, sometimes subtle, always vivid, and picturesque, everything you'd want from these miniature tone paintings.