“I should have everything that is good, genuine and beautiful!”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Those who are familiar with Mozart life story and character will immediately recognize him in these words. He was not only a genius but something much more… The vibrations of his death place are tremendous like of a swaymbhu… Very special! Apparently they say that his horoscope at the death point was even more impressive than of the birthday. That may mean that he could not only fulfill his life mission but had given us something much more…the eternal character of the music.
I would claim that of all western classical composers Mozart is the only one whose music does not awaken emotions and does not make one think (normally the Western classical music is conceptual, full of thoughts and emotions).
I believe his music has almost the same impact as the classical Indian music – it awakens the happy spirit, washes thoughts away and makes one feel light and joyful.
But that is not all! You must have heard of “Mozart effect” :
The concept of the “Mozart effect” was described by French researcher, Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis in his 1991 book Pourquoi Mozart?. He used the music of Mozart in his efforts to “retrain” the ear, and believed that listening to the music presented at differing frequencies helped the ear, and promoted healing and the development of the brain.
Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky (1993) investigated the effect of listening to music by Mozart on spatial reasoning, and the results were published in Nature. They gave research participants one of three standard tests of abstract spatial reasoning after they had experienced each of three listening conditions: a sonata by Mozart, repetitive relaxation music, and silence. The authors found that the mean standard age scores converted into IQ scores were 8 to 9 points higher after the participants had listened to the music than after either of the other two conditions.
A study of rats indicated a tangible demonstration of musical enjoyment versus a physical response to the Mozart Sonata. A number of rats were exposed in utero plus 60 days post-partum to one of the following: complex music (Mozart Piano Sonata in D major (K.448)), minimalist music (a Philip Glass composition), white noise or silence, and were then tested for five days, three trials per day, in a multiple T-maze. By Day 3, the rats exposed to the Mozart music completed the maze more rapidly and with fewer errors than the rats in the other groups. The difference increased in magnitude through Day 5. This suggests that repeated exposure to complex music induces improved spatial-temporal learning in rats..
Interesting, isn’t it?
I love Mozart!
I love Mozart , Beethoven , Tchaikovsky etc … Some how Tchaikovsky is my fav , I love the emotional charge they all have and it helps me understand myself better …
I love music … in fact everything in this world is music 🙂
I love music that does that. It closes your logical side and opens the emotional side, leaving you with only the feeling.
what you claim is really interesting, music which makes one thoughtless is very much advanced
Doing the test on rats, is a bit too much!
I have not listened much to such compositions. I will listen to some of them soon.
Have you some Mozart compositions to suggest me?….i felt very good sensations when I visited his house in Vienna!
Marta, eerything he composed is wonderful, but I have some favourits…try the simphony Nr. 40, it is one of the best.
Axinia, I am very interested in the information you presented here regarding ‘Mozart effect’. Thanks so much for sharing.
Indeed, Mozart is so special though do Beethoven, Hyden and Tchaikovesky.
yes, they are all great, but Mozart has really a diffrent quality, believe me. Tchaikovsky is emotional, Bethoven too and he also makes you think and act…but Mozart is just blissful. That is different to me.
hi, this amazing article made me read more about Mozart. I found this quote from him which sounds nice to me, wanted to share with others :
“I know myself, and I have such a sense of religion that I shall never do anything which I would not do before the whole world; but I am alarmed at the very thoughts of being in the society of people, during my journey, whose mode of thinking is so entirely different from mine (and from that of all good people). But of course they must do as they please. I have no heart to travel with them, nor could I enjoy one pleasant hour, nor know what to talk about; for, in short, I have no great confidence in them. Friends who have no religion cannot be long our friends.”
thanks pooyan, I am glad you learned more about Mozart. Her is unique indeed!
and that is an interesting quotation you ahve found. I think he was not really religious but actually spiritual and that is what probably meant here…
I don’t know about healing the ear but this type of music has shown to help with brain development and growth. Very nice post, your blog is awesome. I really am enjoying it.
Axinia, I appreciate your scientific posts, moreso your scientific side. =)
thank you my friend, that side is always there:) I love such things!