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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 the French pianist was 11 and practicing a piece by Bach, she perceived “something that was very bright, between red and orange, very warm and vivid." Grimaud says she sees C minor as black, and her favourite key - D minor – “the most dramatic and poignant, is blue.”
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