Eons ago, back when I was thirteen, I visited a record store with some friends from high school. There was never much music in our house, and if I listened to anything, it was rock and roll.
Nonetheless, in a pretentious, fateful move, I bought Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony for no better reason than his ancestors were from Belgium, as mine were. (And, being too young to realize Beethoven didn’t impress teenagers, to show off to my friends.)
When I got home, I fell in love with the symphony–and symphony orchestras in general–and the rest is (personal) history. For over thirty years, I’ve been the principal oboist of one orchestra or another in the US or Canada. Thank you, Ludwig Van B!
But here’s something I didn’t know about classical music:
Doctors could prescribe music to beat heart disease, after research found recordings by Verdi, Beethoven and Puccini can lower the blood pressure.
A study by Oxford University suggests that compositions which match the rhythm of the body could be used to control the heart.
Research presented to the the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester found that listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate.
Here’s the rest of the article.
And here, just because I want all my readers to have low blood pressure, here is the movement from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony researchers used in their study. Enjoy it–and calm yourself down!
Now that you’re all calm and your blood pressure’s low, here’s a blatant commercial: