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Trumpet Synaesthesia

Synaesthesia (with several different spellings – see this concise, fascinating article ( – is basically a condition where two different sensory elements get linked.

Here are three types:

Grapheme-colour: Grapheme-colour is the most common type. People with this type of synesthesia associate letters and numbers with distinct colours.

Lexical-gusatory: Lexical-gustatory is a rare type of synesthesia. People with this type of synesthesia experience different tastes with certain words they hear.

Musical-colour: People with musical-colour synesthesia see colour when listening to music.

So what’s the Trumpet to a synethist? Since I’m not a synethist – I’m just making this up!

The trumpet is a very chilled white wine and it’s either yellow or gold … and a tangy Indonesian food spice!!

Genuine Synethists please respond!

Vivaldi concerto in G minor for trumpet and organ – Largo

Vivaldi concerto in g minor for trumpet and organ / largo


Handel – Allemande

Handel allemande


Torelli – concerto in D major for trumpet and strings

torelli concerto in- -major for trumpet and strings movement-3

  • Ada
    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 am

    And here I thought French horn was the only pretty brass. The first trumpet one I saw a golden flow. It went up and down with the music but it became chunky when the trumpet…trilled? I don’t know. Went up and down really fast. Then it became sort of rectangles, not a smooth flow.
    In the second one, the trumpet was like a light in the darkness and the lower brass were sort of adding to the darkness. The first time the trumpet left, the low brass were lost. The second time, the French horn, I think, figured out what it was doing and became the leader. Then they were annoyed at being all harmony again when the trumpet – which had ditched them before – came back. In the end, I think they got over it.
    I liked the third one but the trumpet was like a golden yellow snake. It waved up and down. The strings were in the upper right hand corner and brown and parallelogram shaped with lighter lines across them. However, the strings were slightly farther back than the trumpet and so they never meshed in my head. Sort of like playing super high D and super low C and they don’t sound dissonant.

  • alex
    December 29, 2009 at 9:48 am

    hey, you’re welcome. I’m from a musical family, and my Mum and I used to discuss the different places and colours of music! I’m a teacher (drama), and the music teacher and I are always hanging out in the music room and discussing this kind of stuff. He’s just bought a new piano with a tone that sounds like blue winter ice! He told me all about some composer (Scriabin?) who composed according to colours. Makes sense to me 🙂

  • admin
    December 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Thanks a lot for your comment Alex. I waited a long time to get some feedback from a synethist! So I just went ahead and posted on several forums and chat rooms. I’ll listen again to the 3 pieces with your comments in mind.

  • alex
    December 29, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Hey, I found your post from a synesthesia website, and thought it would be interesting to listen. The first one is light blue and navy and grey and like smoke over water in Venice. The second tune is yellow and gold and green. The third is dark red and black and old gold. All 3 of them gave me a very distinct, immediate picture of a place and also an emotion.
    You hazarded a guess as to what a trumpet would be to a synesthesiate: to me it always sounds very gold and yellow and white, lorldy and proud like vintage red. Trumpets are like Sunday and July 🙂