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tone painting

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noun
  1. musical description, by harmonic, melodic, or rhythmic means, of the words of a text or the story elements in program music.
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Origin of tone painting

First recorded in 1900–05
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  • His command of colour in tone-painting and power of dramatic suggestion have rarely been equalled, and never surpassed.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris

  • And an instant afterwards she was at the piano, throwing her whole soul into that wonderful piece of tone-painting.

  • Wagner praises highly its orchestral effects; and a modern scholar, Cecil Forsyth, considers the tone-painting quite irresistible.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • No one has approached Orlando in the ingenuity, quaintness and humour of his tone-painting.

  • His command of color in tone-painting and power of dramatic suggestion have rarely been equaled, and never surpassed.