Apr 28, 2009

Mozart effect and addiction to classical musics

Have you ever heard of Mozart effect? Firstly, Mozart's full name is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He's one of the greatest composers ever who died on Dec. 5, 1791. The myth says that he died of poisoning. Contemporary research has concluded that Mozart probably died of the effects of a bloodletting administered to counter acute rheumatic fever. And he almost certainly knew that the Requiem, which he had worked on the night of his death, had been commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg-Stuppach, who wanted to pass it off as his own. 'No Hint of Poisoning'

From Wiki:

The Mozart effect can refer to:

- A set of research results that indicate that listening to Mozart's music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as "spatial-temporal reasoning;"[1]

- Popularized versions of the theory, which suggest that "listening to Mozart makes you smarter", or that early childhood exposure to classical music has a beneficial effect on mental development;

- A trademark for a set of commercial recordings and related materials, which are claimed to harness the effect for a variety of purposes. The trademark owner[2] claims benefits far beyond improving spatio-temporal reasoning or raising intelligence, defining the mark as "an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being."


This is what was written in New York Times - Composing Concertos in the Key of Rx:

REMEMBER the Mozart Effect? As propounded by the news media, the message was that listening to Mozart made children smarter. The science was full of holes, but the notion appealed, and a growing body of research has since suggested that music, classical music in particular, is somehow good for us. The field is still short on evidence, but it has started a lively conversation between scientists and other experts.


However, personally, I love to hear Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Strauss (there are films about this composer and brothers. The most famous song is Blue Danube). I've all the cassettes and CDs until someone borrowed them and never return. So, when husband's boss lent us her classical CDs, it was such a bless! Sooth my addiction on classical/instrumental musics, even though they are meant for Syafiah. Tapi tak le sampai obses!

I can hear the musics for hours! Even on a bike! Masa praktikal dulu saya praktikal di Klang. Everyday without fail saya akan bawa basikal dari Kg Jawa ke Taman Eng Ann. The road are damn busy, might be one of the busiest towns in Malaysia. One must have item in the basket was a walkman. Dedolu populer dengan walkman la. Mana ada CD segala macam sekarang. Bila dengar muzik klasik ni tak sedo pun sebenarnya tengah dok kayuh basikal kat bandar sibuk ni.

Along the way, I'll play either the above musical streams or Kitaro/Kenny G/Vanessa Mae. Not to forget Richard Clayderman. Love the way he remixed the Fur Elise by Beethoven. La ni ada Maxim plak... fuhh!

But try to listen to these boys' sounds when they're reciting Quran... sedapnya.. oh no! Indah is the best word. Their parents must be proud of them! Ok... satu hafiz in the making insyaAllah ada dalam rumah kami. Mana tau Adam (Syafiah ayah dia kata jadi doktor neuro.. ameennn!)...:

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