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Musical synaesthesia

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, June 26, 2000, 18:10
>From: Daniel Seriff <microtonal@...>
>Musical synaesthesia doesn't really work that way. Scriabin and >Rimsky-Korsakov, the two most famous musical synaesthetics (both >Russian...makes you wonder), disagreed on which colors were associated >with which pitches. They both thought Wagner was an idiot, tho, for >using the wrong key in the Magic Fire music in Gotterdammerung (he >should have used G). Here's Scriabin's color wheel (all major keys): > >C: Intense red >G: Orange >D: Yellow >A: Green >E: Sky blue (moonshine or frost) >B/Cb: Blue (or pearly blue) >F#/Gb: Bright blue or violet >C#/Db: Violet or purple >Ab: Violet or lilac >Eb: Flesh (glint of steel) >Bb: Rose (or steel) >F: Deep red
Obviously using the color wheel, which does indeed have twelve colors, mapping them to the twelve key signatures. Relative minors are the same color, I assume... To me, I associate certain keys with various moods: C major: triumph D minor: courage G minor: alarm G major: joy (or am I just thinking of Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring") A minor: sadness E minor: hope B minor: melancholy D major: reverence (a lot of hymns are in D) Bb major: military (I was in marching band in school; Bb is a very common key) Eb major: patriotic (the key of many national anthems) C minor: anger Ab major: love F minor: fear That's all I can think of for now. By the way, I use a twelve-color system to describe personality types, so perhaps I could use it for the circle of fifths in Western (12-tone) music. Daniel A. Wier ¶¦¬þ Lufkin, Texas USA ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at