Chromesthetic Responses to the Music of G. F. Handel

  • Donald J. Polzella
  • Audrey M. Kuna


This vivid account describes one of the most unusual forms of mental imagery, synesthesia. It is defined as “production, from a sense-impression of one kind, of an associated mental image of a sense-impression of another kind” (Synaesthesia, 1970, P. 373). Synesthesia can theoretically occur among any sense modalities. However, it does occur more frequently between some modalities than others. In this paper, we are concerned with chromesthesia or colored hearing, a particular form of synesthesia in which color images (photisms) are evoked by auditory stimuli.


Auditory Stimulus Minor Mode Absolute Pitch Musical Composition Pitch Interval 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald J. Polzella
    • 1
  • Audrey M. Kuna
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

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