Music and Health
I walked along a quiet, old Moscow street once and heard from the window the wonderful sounds of Chopin. I was surprised. Indeed, in this house there is a Russian research
Opening massive doors, she entered the porch, climbed the stairs, found a room from where the music came. This room could not be called a doctor’s office: on the walls are paintings, at the tables are the bowed heads of young people who painted portraits and landscapes. A girl sat at the piano and played.
What is an art school? No. A friendly, impressive man who came up to me recommended himself: a psychotherapist, a laboratory head at the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor at the University of New Medicine and Lomonosov Moscow State University Vladimir Leonidovich Raikov.
Again I was surprised to recognize in him the actor who created the image of Minister Khvostov in the famous movie “Agony”. VL Raikov – multifaceted human abilities: doctor, philosopher, poet, film actor.
Here, in the laboratory of the medical center, he restores health to patients suffering from neurosis and other diseases. “Excessive enthusiasm for discos, noisy pop music, computers overloads, and sometimes destroys the psyche of a person, especially a young organism,” the professor said. “People come here, draw, listen to classical music, and join a high culture.”
“Awareness of the ability of the creative mind as the highest form of achievement of the evolution of the Universe is not one of the grateful opportunities for the preservation and further development of mankind,” V.L. Raikov reasoned. “They say that beauty will save the world. I will add,” he said: “the name of beauty and life will save the world. Great merit in this is poets, artists, musicians.”
The professor calls their activity “creative self-realization”. Homo sapiens is, first of all, the creator. Having created Reason, the Universe created the foundation for the realization of individual freedom, the sense of one’s destiny. The desire for creativity, for heights, for the stars defines the term “creative self-realization”. As the saying goes: per aspera ad astra (through thorns to the stars). “This is what we are doing,” Professor Raikov concluded our conversation with a smile.
He lovingly looked at his patients, listened to the bewitching sounds of Chopin’s melody and said: “We help to reveal the talent bestowed by him by nature and to heal, to relieve one or another ailment.”
The desire for beauty, for creative self-realization lives on at all times of the existence of intelligent humanity. The great Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin was recognized as brilliant during his lifetime. By the age of five, he perfectly played uncomplicated plays, and at the age of 12 he was no worse than the best pianists. With particular spirituality, grace, he performed his own compositions: Mazurkas (he wrote 58 of them), preludes, barcarollo, waltzes (he had 17 of them); and even 16 Polonez, 27 sketches. According to the memoirs of contemporaries, Chopin’s speeches have always been a huge success.
Doctors have long drawn attention to the fact that Chopin’s music, and not only him, helps to heal diseases and souls of people. In some works – bravura and brilliance, which cheer up, in others – tenderness, poetry, melody; such music calms, pacifies, harmonizes feelings.
Among the delegation of journalists I visited Germany, in particular, Weimar – the city of Goethe and Schiller, in the city of Eisenach, where the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born. By the way, according to an amazing, random pun, “bang” in German means “stream”. And Bach’s music, seemingly born from a fontanel, spilled into a vast sea, into an ocean of feelings and sounds. His organ preludes, fantasies, and tokkats swept in a powerful stream, conquering the whole world. Do not forget to visit the Bach House Museum.
How spellbound we looked at the harpsichord, which, perhaps, touched the hands of the great maestro. There was a pianist in our delegation. Having received permission, she sat down at an old instrument. And “rare harpsichord chords sounded,” recalled the verses of Anna Akhmatova.
I was offered, as an announcer, on the background of the sounding music, to read a short story about the life and work of Bach (translation from German into Russian). It is impossible to convey my overwhelming feelings: it seemed as though He was sitting at the harpsichord, from where came his melodic play. Music sounded, and I told how brilliantly Bach played in the church, in a large concert hall. So he sat down at the organ.
Mysteriously gleaming pipes of various shapes and sizes. This unusual, majestic instrument can make a variety of sounds: the voice of a flute, and the iridescent ringing of bells, and a trombone with its low timbre. Bach’s fingers touched the keys. The first powerful chord was heard, and magical music flowed with bizarre variations. He was called the ruler of the world of sounds, compared with the legendary Orpheus – “the creator of divine music, hymns” of Ancient Greece.