tone painting

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. tone colour,
  2. tone control,
  3. tone dialing,
  4. tone down,
  5. tone language,
  6. tone poem,
  7. tone policing,
  8. tone row,
  9. tone up,
  10. tone, theobald wolfe

Origin of tone painting

First recorded in 1900–05

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