Daniel Levitin - neuroscientist and musician
Daniel Levitin worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana and knows a lot about music, except for one thing - where does it come from. In the early morning,…

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What is the secret of the mesmerizing power of music?
Music surrounds us everywhere. At the sounds of a powerful orchestral crescendo, tears come to my eyes and goose bumps run down my back. Musical accompaniment enhances the artistic expression…

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The aesthetics and importance of music in the history of the formation of man, society and the world.
Musical aesthetics exists more than the culture of music as an independent art form. Musical aesthetics was similar to labor, appropriation, submission of the unknown. It carried such functions as…

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About the Philharmonic

Philharmonic (from the Greek. Phileo – I love and harmonia – harmony, “I love harmony”) – in some countries: a music society or an institution that organizes concerts, promotes the development and promotion of musical art.

Philharmonic societies appeared in the cities of Europe and America (Petersburg, Moscow, Berlin, London, New York and others) in the 19th century, and they mainly promoted symphonic music. In the 20th century, in the socialist countries of Europe, philharmonic societies became state organizations – by 1976, there were 136 philharmonic societies in the USSR.

In 1859, A. G. Rubinstein organized the Russian Musical Society in Petersburg. The intensive development of concert activities required the creation of new musical and educational organizations. Continue reading

We see the sound

1. “Sound + color”?
The property of sounds to evoke color images has been noticed a long time ago. Much has been written about the color rumor of A. Scriabin, who saw musical sounds in color. The whole direction in art – color music – is based on this property of music sounds.

There is evidence that speech sounds, especially vowels, can also be perceived in color. A. Rimbaud even wrote a vowels sonnet, in which he so colored the sounds:

A is black; white – E; And – red; Y is green; Continue reading

My first patient and Beethoven’s testament

My first patient became my first teacher.

A girl of 16 years old was brought to me – recently her condition was close to suicide. Her eyes looked inward, she was in a daze, the words she found with difficulty. The girl put the Lusher test, and, of course, the first color was chosen black.

Among hundreds of reproductions, she chose Pieta Michelangelo, where the tragic madonna looked at her dead son, and the mournful insensibility of her beautiful face resembled Chekhov’s words about the beauty of human grief.

Numbness, gray clothes, something monastic in the form of a girl aroused sympathy, a desire to help and revive this stone with music.

I played and asked what she liked.

The girl chose the Beethoven’s Eighth Sonata, where the sufferer got out of trouble in humility and complaint of the second part. Continue reading

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Why Mozart?
But why exactly Mozart? Why not Bach, not Beethoven, not the Beatles? Mozart did not create the stunning effects that Bach's mathematical genius was capable of. His music does not…

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Musically gifted brain
Just as short-term training increases the number of neurons that respond to sound, long-term training enhances nerve cell responses and even causes physical changes in the brain. The brain reactions…

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Music and health - these concepts are close to each other
But the combination of the professions of a musician and a doctor is a rare phenomenon. And yet there are such unique ones. Russian composer Alexander Porfirievich Borodin was a…

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Mozart effect
Listening to Mozart's music enhances our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, people who answer the standard IQ test demonstrate an increase in intelligence. This phenomenon, discovered by some scholars,…

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