Clay/tone painting

as clay/tone painting one designates a musical description of natural features which is based on imitation or Synästhesie, which can be both acoustic and optical nature. Frequent motives of the clay/tone painting are natural occurences (thunderstorm, echo, plätscherndes water), animal voices (bird voices, Hundegebell) and Impressionen of the land life (hunt or alpine horns, people dances). Already in the latemedieval music clay/tone painting was considered as a means imitatio the naturae. In contrast to the program music the clay/tone painting is not dependent on a supplementing text. Antonio Vivaldi was there however different opinion. It later attached the sonnets to its 4 seasons.

see also: Sound painting


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