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Nielsen’s red.

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”: I. Allegro collerico

The colour red. What do you imagine?
I imagine fire. Inner burning energy. A warm, deep colour. I tried to paint this red in the painting below. It is a life-affirming colour. Fire gives warmth, gives life. What would we be without it? We would freeze. Yet – what if it gets too hot?
You would call a very fiery person “choleric” as the Danish composer Carl Nielsen called the first movement of his 2nd symphony. An interesting title for a music piece. What do you think? Is it “choleric” music?
I imagine a deep burning red. Sharp shapes.
Listen to this recording of Nielsen’s music and join me into a world of red.

Red, Alissa Rossius

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