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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 designing for the opera and ballet, British artist David Hockney says he bases the background colours and lighting upon the colours he sees while listening to the music of the piece he is working on. This design is for Die Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss, designed by Hockney for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1992.
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