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    Word painting is the musical technique of writing music that reflects the literal meaning of a song. For example, ascending scales would accompany lyrics about going up; slow, dark music would accompany lyrics about death. Tone painting of words goes at least as far back as Gregorian chant. Little musical patterns are musical words that express not only emotive ideas such as joy but theological meanings as well in the Gregorian. For instance, the pattern FA-MI-SOL-LA signifies the humiliation and death of Christ and His resurrection into glory. FA-MI signifies deprecation, while SOL is the note of the resurrection, and LA is above the resurrection, His heavenly glory. Such musical words are placed on words from the Biblical Latin text; for instance when FA-MI-SOL-LA is placed on "et libera" in the Christian faith it signifies that Christ liberates us from sin through His death and resurrection. Composers also experimented with word painting in Italian madrigals of the 16th and 17th centuries. Word painting flourished well into the Baroque music period. One famous, well known example occurs in Handel's Messiah, where a tenor aria contains Handel's setting of the text:

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of word painting in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of word painting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    The artist Christopher Wool has a word painting, 'Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.' That’s exactly how I feel – sell everything. Nothing here looks good.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. contagious
    • B. elusive
    • C. adscripted
    • D. defiant

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