In “Tu se morta”, the performer uses a lot of text painting to express emotions to the audience. The first text painting I noticed was when he uses a descending pitch to sing the phrase “descend to the deepest abyss”. By lowering the pitch, audiences could feel the depth and darkness of the underworld. Here, text painting generated a sense of tension and anxiety among the audience. Another place where the performer uses text painting is when he sings “softened the heart of the King of Shadows”, he actually softened his voice to make audiences emotional. Besides text painting, dynamics of the music changes along with the performer’s vocal dynamics. In other words, when he sings it softly, the music was light; when he sings it loudly, the music itself was loud. It makes the opera consistent instrumentally and vocally.
The song I chose was Lorde’s “Liability”. I noticed that she uses a lot of text painting when she sings. She used a really low pitch to sing lines: “The truth is I am a toy/ that people enjoy/ ‘Til all of the tricks don’t work anymore/ And then they are bored of me”. I think when Lorde uses a low pitch, she wants to express a feeling of sadness and sorrow. In contrast, she uses ascending pitch to sing “I know that it’s exciting/ Running through the night…”. The way she sings matches the meaning of the lyrics. There is a strong comparison between the lines both lyrically and musically. Also, when she sings the line “disappear into the sun”, she sings the word “disappear” really light as if she’s going to disappear.