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Some people report seeing colours when they hear certain keys or notes in music. They probably have synesthesia – its definition? A condition in which the stimulation of one sense leads to the automatic and involuntary experience of a second. You can test yourself too to see if you have it.
The main Russian 'Symbolist' composer, Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia. He maintained that the key of D major was golden-brown and that E-flat major was a reddish purple. Rimsky-Korsakov disagreed, favouring blue for that particular key.
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