Thought I might start a thread on a rather interesting topic: synesthesia. This is basiclaly the linking of differnet sensory modalities so that for example, somebody may always see a particlaur letter as a particlar color. This relationship is the most common one but there are so many possible combinations that the type one experiences is typically notated as music (arrow) color, or whatever. Incidentally, it is not as simple as just matching a color to a specific tone. The hue may actually change according to the degre eof intensity of attack.
I have met many exceptionally talented players who see sound as colorin the minds I and I stated in a recent thread that this does seme to me to be a useful benchmark for very high level talent.
Historically, the following musicians have been well known for the condition which, incidentlaly, is not associated with any mental disorders: Duke Ellington (timbre/color) Franz Liszt (music/color) Rimsky Korsakov and Messiaen. Also Helene Grimaud.
But it also seems to me that musicians naturally try to evoke something like this effetc in our own playing and studnets even if we personally tend to experience music as vibration or whatever? (infact, what does everyone experience music as?)
Thus book like Adventure s in Violinland delibertly associate stirngs with specific colors and it has also been drawn to my attention that if one is asked to name a color to go with a specific open string then there is quite a large degre e of unanimity. I also reclal going to a teacher just after graduating who told me that my palyign of a Paginini caprice had too much light green where he wanted purples and reds. Clearly violnists are quite happy working with colors so what are peoples` take on this?
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