Tuesday 16th April: Music in Colour Exploring the world of composers who saw colours while listening to music

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Tuesday 16th April: Music in Colour Exploring the world of composers who saw colours while listening to music

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Tuesday 16th April 10:30-12:30

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Music and Colour  Exploring the world of composers who saw colours while listening to music  

Maria Levandovskaya (pianist) and Opera Prelude’s Sophie Pullen (soprano). 

What do you feel when listening to music? Can you see colours, images, geometrical objects, and how does music play on all of our senses? Franz Liszt famously asked orchestral musicians to play ‘a little bluer’ or ‘not so pink’, while Russian painter Vasily Kandinsky said ‘Colour is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many strings’ 

This morning we will explore an interesting psychological phenomenon Synaesthesia, where sounds evoke involuntary visual experiences, and the way different composers use tonality and musical devices to provoke sensations in the listener. Musical examples from Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin and Messiaen are performed on the piano by Maria Levandovskaya and by Opera Prelude singers.