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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.
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(7) The song is quick to showcase other uses of rhythm and meter for purposes of word painting. For example, as the child is finally released outdoors, the meter whisks away from 4/4 to 9/8 and on to 6/8 to represent the child bounding into the snow, an image that is reinforced further by the brief use of solid rather than broken and arpeggiated chords (Example 1, mm.
The joy of the piece comes largely from Haydn's astonishing word painting.
Rebecca McClanahan's "Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively, Revised Edition" (9781599638683, $18.99) is a specialized guide to mastering the art of evocative writing, from improving one's personal powers of observation to crafting standout metaphors to seamlessly incorporating vivid descriptions into stories, essays, or poems.
These are surely inspiring texts for a composer, with rich, evocative images and opportunities for vivid word painting. The most substantial piece on the disc, it is also, to me, the most appealing, with gorgeous tunes .and a glorious performance by Polegato.--Rick MacMillan
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. On the words "we bring our uplifted voices" the voice parts all get higher.
The intimacy, contrapuntal textures and word painting of Baroque music were more obvious when the soloists performed with small segments of the orchestra.
But I rebuilt from there, refusing to surrender to temptation, and found for the first time in my life I had a story, and not a static, egotistical "word painting".
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.