Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art

August 17, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Synesthesia is defined as a concomitant sensation; especially : a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated
Synesthesia is defined as a concomitant sensation; especially : a subjective sensation or image of a sense (as of color) other than the one (as of sound) being stimulated

Synesthesia is the sensation of another sensory function in the body when another unrelated sensory function is being experienced (seeing music when looking at colors, smells that evoke sounds, etc.). Scriabin so linked color to his music that he created a “light organ” to display colors that corresponded to different notes in his pieces. In this hour, we find out how color and visual art affect composers and their music.

Music

Bright Blue Music for Orchestra, by Michael Torke
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor

Rothko Chapel, by Morton Feldman
California EAR Unit

Short Stories for Saxophone Quartet I & IV, by Jennifer Higdon
Ancia Saxophone Quartet

Light Coming on the Plains & Starlight Night from Prairie Light: 3 Texas Watercolors of Georgia O’Keefe, by Dan Welcher
Honolulu Symphony Orchestra; Donald Johanos, conductor

The Twittering Machine fr. Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, by Gunther Schuller
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Antal Dorati, conductor

Twittering Machine, by Cindy McTee
North Texas Wind Symphony; Eugene Migliaro Corporon, condcutor

King of the Sun, I & IV, by Stephen Hartke
Dunsmuir Piano Quartet

Bright Blue Music for Orchestra, by Michael Torke
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor