Text Painting

Its not just for Lieder anymore!

Remember text painting?

It is when a sound or the look of music represents what the words are saying. Even though it may not be exact, the sound can represent the thing it is trying to imitate.

Text painting came from Germany!

Die Erlkonig

German composer Franz Schubert used text painting in a piece called "Die Erlkonig." He used the piano to represent a horse. Each character had high or low parts to sound like their voices. When the Elf King rides by the father and son, the horse goes away because he is not riding, he is floating.
Schubert - Erlkönig, D.328, Op.1 (with lyrics)

But musicians today do this too!

Why do you think songwriters text paint?