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Musical Imagery

24. August 2014 @ 14:09
by Helmut Eder

Specifically, I started thinking how composers and musicians can be quite ingenious at using musical imagery to create, or mimic, other imagery or feelings. One of the best examples of musical imagery features a racing horse. It is in ‘The Elf-King’ by Franz Schubert (although it has other great imagery as well). A father and son are riding wildly on horseback through a dense forest as they are being pursued by the spectral Elf-King. The low note represents the Elf-King. As they race through the forest, the notes ebb and flow. At times the notes are far apart. At other times they are very close.

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