Music and health
Somehow I walked along a quiet, old Moscow street and heard the wonderful sounds of Chopin from the window. I was surprised. Indeed, in this house is Russian research
She opened the massive doors, entered the porch, climbed the stairs, found a room from which the music came. It was impossible to call this room a medical office: on the walls there were paintings, at the tables there were bowed heads of young people who painted portraits and landscapes. A girl was sitting at the piano and playing.
What is it – art school? Not. A friendly, imposing man who approached me, introduced himself: psychotherapist, head of the laboratory of the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor of Milan University of New Medicine and Moscow State University named after Lomonosov Vladimir Leonidovich Raikov.
I was again surprised to find out in him an actor who created the image of the Minister Khvostov in the famous movie “Agony”. VLRaykov – multifaceted human abilities: doctor, philosopher, poet, film actor.
Here, in the laboratory of the medical center, he restores the health of 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,” said the professor. “People come here, draw, listen to classical music, join the 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 possibilities for the preservation and further development of humanity,” VL Raykov said. “They say that beauty will save the world. I will add,” he said: the name of beauty and life will save the world. Great is the merit in this of poets, artists, musicians. ”
The professor calls their activity “creative self-realization”. A rational man is, above all, a creator. Having created the Mind, the Universe created the foundation of awareness of the freedom of the individual, the feeling of his destiny. The desire for creativity, to the heights, to the stars and defines the term “creative self-realization.” As the proverb says: per aspera ad astra (through thorns to the stars). “This is what we are doing,” – smiling, Professor Raikov concluded our conversation.
He lovingly looked at his patients, listened to the enchanting sounds of Chopin’s melody and said: “We help to reveal the talent bestowed by nature and heal, relieve from this or that ailment.”
The desire for beauty, for creative self-realization lives at all times of the existence of reasonable humanity. The great Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin during his lifetime was recognized as a genius. By the age of five, he played beautifully simple pieces, and at the age of 12 he was no worse than the best pianists. With special spirituality, grace, he performed his own compositions: mazurkas (he wrote 58), preludes, barcarolle, waltzes (he had 17 of them); and 16 polonaises, 27 etudes. According to the memoirs of contemporaries, Chopin’s performances have always been a huge success.
Doctors have long noticed that the music of Chopin, and not only him, helps to cure diseases and the souls of people. In some works – bravura and brilliance, which uplifting, in others – tenderness, poetry, melody; such music soothes, pacifies, harmonizes feelings.
Among the delegation of journalists I visited Germany, in particular, in Weimar, the city of Goethe and Schiller, in the city of Eisenach, where the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born. By the way, by an amazing random play of words, “bang” in German means “stream”. And the music of Bach, seemingly born from a spring, turned into a huge sea, into an ocean of feelings and sounds. His organ preludes, fantasies, tokkats overflowed, conquered the whole world. Do not forget me to visit the house-museum of Bach.
How fascinated we looked at the harpsichord, which may have been touched by the hands of the great maestro. In our delegation was a pianist. After receiving permission, she sat down at an old instrument. And the “rare harpsichord chords” sounded, “recalled the poems of Anna Akhmatova.
I was offered, as a speaker-commentator on the background of sounding music, to read a short story about the life and work of Bach (translated from German into Russian). It is impossible to convey the overwhelming feelings of mine: it seemed that it was He who was sitting at the harpsichord, from where His melodious play came. The music sounded, and I told you how brilliantly Bach played in the church, in the large concert hall. Here he sat for the body.
Pipes of various shapes and sizes glittered mysteriously. This unusual, majestic instrument can make a variety of sounds: the voice of the flute, the iridescent ringing of bells, and the trombone with its low tone. Bach’s fingers touched the keys. The first powerful chord resounded, and magical music flowed with bizarre variations. He was called the sovereign of the world of sounds, compared with the legendary Orpheus – “the creator of divine music, hymns” of ancient Greece.
They say that when Orpheus touched the strings of his lute,
The sounds of her ran from the forest beasts
But Bach’s art is rightly considered superior
Because the whole world is wondering to him …
Russian music critic A.NSerov wrote: “Bach never ceases to be a great, perhaps the greatest, melodist. Only he likes to force not one voice to sing, but many at once, creates not a single melodic thread, but a whole fabric of simultaneous melodies ”. The great scientist Einstein said that in the music of Bach he heard the “harmony of the Universe”.
Let the voices of the organ come again,
As the first spring thunderstorm …
– with these words I finished the story at the harpsichord in the house of Bach, and looked around: what clear, enlightened faces surrounded me. As if through purification our souls and hearts passed through, coming into contact with the world of the greatest musicians. Truly music heals! Many experts confirm this. Yes, and we ourselves feel that music can have a strong effect on a living organism. Festive, high spirits creates the work of Johann Strauss. “King of the classical Viennese waltz” (son) wrote 500 waltzes, regiments, gallops, quadrille.
Soul rejoices when you hear Strauss waltz “On the beautiful blue Danube”! Polonare of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the opera “Eugene Onegin” sounds solemnly stately. And what a marvelous picture appears before us when you listen to the work of Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky “Dawn on the Moscow River”! Like a painterly canvas painted by the radiant colors of the morning dawn, as if the life-giving streams of air of the awakening bright day envelop you. Such music is soothing, beneficial effect on the person.
The Russian writer F.M.Dostoevsky told how in 1848 the Society of Literature Amateurs was visited by composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka. He then played Chopin, Gluck and his own compositions. And then he sold himself and performed his famous “Kamarinskaya”. Dostoevsky listened, and he remembered one of the spring evenings, a suddenly strange state, like as if you were “going home in a dark evening, looking thoughtlessly and sadly around, and suddenly you would hear the music. Ball, exactly the ball! In the brightly lit windows, shadows flicker, rustling and shuffling are heard, as if a seductive ball whisper is heard, a solid double bass is buzzing, a violin squeals … you pass by, entertained, excited, the desire for something, aspiration has awakened in you. If you heard life … ”. The Russian writer and doctor V.Veresaev told us about how music affects a person.
In his work “At Dead End,” he introduces the reader to the ancient nobility society, where one of the heroines of the novel, the pianist Gurnienko, played to the “fragments” of the old-regime system of Beethoven and Chopin. “Her big eyes lit up with a light that was lit from inside and became beautiful. And suddenly, all the evil, crushed, frightened began to melt in people and evaporate. A strict, stately beauty began to shine in the dim hall. ” Then “Gurniyenko played Tchaikovsky’s Autumn Song”. The melody under her fingers became a new, grabbing for the soul. Linden alleys. Yellow leaves slowly fall. The longing of an autumn violin pours from afar. ”