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Colours: Red

Updated: May 26, 2021

Picture: Soviet troops fly the red flag of the Soviet Union over the Reichstag, Berlin May 1945.


An exploration of the link between the colour Red and music across four zones: Rock & Pop, Upbeat, Chill Zone and Wind Down. Part II of the Hub's music and colours series.

The Seven Colors of Music blog characterises red music as: Forceful and start. it is often, but not always, fast-paced. It always radiates raw power. Most hard rock music has red energy. March music is often red. In the classical world, red energy appears in some of the highly dramatic operas, including those of Wagner, and in tone pieces by Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and others of Russian or other Slavic origin.

Wagner's Ring Cycle reflects all the primeval drama of Norse legend with its rivalries, conflicts in heaven and earth, and survival struggles. Naturally red music plays a prominent part.

Probably the greatest of the red genre in modern times was Igor Stravinsky. The Firebird and Rite of Spring are the very personification of primal ritual and passion. The bold and stark quality of Russian folk music find its way into works. In addition one gets the feeling that Stravinsky wanted to break with the musical tradition in as dramatic a way as possible. The shock value of his primal music achieves that result.

Red energy is noted for: separation, beginning, alone, fear, stimulation, aliveness, adventure, danger, challenge, vitality, courage, strength."


You can listen to the Red playlist by clicking on the link below.


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