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Offline austinarg

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Match composer and color
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:53:25 PM »
I've been thinking about this a lot, when I think of a particular composer I immediately associate that thought with a color. Here are my matchings, what about yours?

Bach: Yellow
Mozart: Red
Haydn: Cyan
Beethoven: Brown
Brahms: Yellow
Schubert: Red
Chopin: Purple
Liszt: Green
Alkan: Yellow
Tchaikovsky: Grey
Schumann: Brown
Rachmaninoff: Green
Scriabin: Grey
Debussy: Blue
Fauré: Purple
Ravel: Blue
Gershwin: Orange
Prokofiev: Black

Also, why do you think this association happens?
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Offline asuhayda

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 03:11:04 PM »
hmmm.. this is interesting.  I have often associated composers to shapes.

Example:  Bach and Rachmaninoff = Cube
              Chopin and Liszt = Oval
              Prokofiev = Triangle
              Shoenberg = Tesseract
              etc...


I don't think there is any right or wrong answer to what you've described, I think it's an interesting point of view.  I wonder what steers our minds to think about composers in those terms.
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Offline austinarg

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 01:47:52 AM »
Colors and shapes... what else could fit in this?
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Offline patrickd

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 04:59:47 AM »
Colors and shapes... what else could fit in this?

How about taste or smell.

Offline austinarg

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 02:58:34 PM »
How about taste or smell.

Have you experienced this kind of association?
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Offline starstruck5

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #5 on: July 29, 2012, 09:08:26 PM »
 :o  How can any great composer be associated with one colour?  You could never do this with a painter -unless you pick a stand out colour I suppose -like Monet =Green -Cezanne =Orange -but it is almost an insult.
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Offline j_menz

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #6 on: July 30, 2012, 12:55:38 AM »
Some of the combinations of composers you associate wityh the same colour I find interestingly odd.  Bethoven/Schumann? Alkan/Brahms? Mozart/Schubert?

If I were to associate them with anything else, it would be food. But then maybe that's because it's nearly lunchtime and I'm hungry.  ;D
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Offline austinarg

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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012, 01:31:47 AM »
Some of the combinations of composers you associate wityh the same colour I find interestingly odd.  Bethoven/Schumann? Alkan/Brahms? Mozart/Schubert?

If I were to associate them with anything else, it would be food. But then maybe that's because it's nearly lunchtime and I'm hungry.  ;D

Well, perhaps if we knew what these associations mean, then we would be able to find out why it happens this way.
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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #8 on: July 30, 2012, 01:57:30 AM »
Bach = bleach

Scriabin = worms, dirt, fish in the Mariana trench, mud, decaying animals

Beethoven = Red, fire truck, migraine headache

Liszt = The white streaks you get when you grind metal with concrete, the screeching noise on chalkboards, science class

Ravel = diamonds, shiny, translucent, water

Debussy = diamonds, shiny, translucent, water

Chopin = brown, tree, fall, frozen dirt

That's all I got so far





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Re: Match composer and color
«Reply #9 on: August 17, 2012, 03:26:19 PM »

Scriabin = worms, dirt, fish in the Mariana trench, mud, decaying animals


Haha.

I would associate Scriabin with black, but not mud and decaying animals though...
Beethoven would be fiery red, Mozart would be white, Chopin would be pink, Liszt would be yellow (or gold if it's considered a colour), Alkan would be green, Rachmaninov would be grey (or silver), Bach would be yellow/gold too (not from the Goldberg variations), Brahms would be blue, I agree with Hadyn being associated with cyan, Prokofiev would be purple, Tchaikovsky - red, I also agree with Ravel being transparent and Schumann would be... colourless.