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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.
When Liszt first became Kapellmeister at Weimar, the orchestra was astonished to hear him demand, “O please, gentlemen, a little bluer, if you please! This tone type requires it!” and “That is a deep violet, please, depend on it! Not so rose!” At first the players thought Liszt was joking, but later realised he actually seemed to be seeing colours.
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