Some people can associate across sensory domains: they “hear” hints of shapes and can “taste” the essence of colors. This neurological phenomenon is called synesthesia. However, many creative people subconsciously employ aspects of synesthesia every day when attempting to think of things in new ways. The 20 question test below will measure your ability to correlate music with shapes and symbols.
The test is designed to be hard, and even expert musicians don’t usually get more than 90% of the questions correct. No musical training is required to take the test, so give it a try.
Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos conducts the Rome Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Rai in Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, a “symphonie choréographique” (choreographic symphony) . The story concerns the love between the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloe. Ravel’s masterpiece features beautiful, lush harmonies that are typical to impressionist music.
Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo No. 2 in A Major, Andante teneramente, from Six Pieces for Piano Op. 118, 1893 (Performed by Arthur Jussen)
Intermezzo: a composition that fits between other musical or dramatic entities, such as acts of a play or the movements of a larger musical work.
A beautiful and introspective piece composed by Brahms in his later years. Brahms piano intermezzi have an extremely wide emotional range, often considered to be some of the finest character pieces written in the 19th century.