Merry Christmas!

23 December, 2014 at 06:12 | Posted in classical, Culture, Music, Spirituality, thoughts of the day | Leave a comment
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The opening of this cantata is really Bach, I think. Swinging and beautiful 🙂 It also suits well at Christmas time, translated it means Wake up, the voices calling us“.

I’m then thinking of that Christmas is a time of message, that Jesus was the messenger of that time bringing a message of love, peace and serenity. A message that still this very day applies, considering everything bad that happens in the world.

If only humanity could wake up and see the reality of love and kindness that the higher spiritual world of enlightened beings convey, if humanity just could take it to heart and incarnate this higher reality into itself

Fortunately, we have spiritual messengers continually coming to Earth to remind us of how we should actually live and be: True good people who do good deeds. They come to remind us of the love, peace and serenity that a higher self-realization leads to; in ourselves and in our surroundings.

We can choose out of free will how we want to create our reality. By choosing good thoughts and good deeds, for ourselves and for all life on this planet, our reality will become a much more positive one.

Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are important and good guidelines on the path of life. By following these three principles in everyday life, a lot of positive things can come about.

I’m wishing you all a Happy and a Merry Christmas! 🙂

Bach – Cantata 140: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (1731)


Schubert: Quartet for Flute, Guitar, Viola and Cello

6 June, 2014 at 09:04 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Some nice music for you, in the time of rapture as we say in Sweden. This weekend of Whitsun, many people are getting married and the beautiful summer is laying ahead of us. Everything is fresh and new and the trees and grass has a special colour and all is coming into flower 🙂

1. Moderato

2. Menuetto

3. Lento e patetico

4. Zingara

5. Tema con variazioni


Chopin, Nocturne, opus 27, piano solo

10 June, 2012 at 13:27 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Nocturne by Frederic Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type….

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Sparkling Tones of Bach

14 March, 2012 at 07:23 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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The Mozart Effect

12 January, 2012 at 07:41 | Posted in Body & Mind, classical, Culture, Music, Science | Leave a comment
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By Louis Makiello
Epoch Times Staff

Apart from entertainment, could there be more to Mozart’s music? Scientists around the world have claimed that his music makes people more intelligent and improves health. Even cows and plants like it. Now, a German company says you should play Mozart’s music to sewage! Let’s take a look at various studies and research into the so-called Mozart effect.


The term “Mozart effect” was coined in 1995 by scientists at the University of California who found that students scored better on spatial IQ tests after listening to Mozart’s music. The scientists also tried trance music, minimalist music, audio-books, and relaxation instructions, none of which worked.

Frances Rauscher, Gordon Shaw, and Katherine Ky from the Center of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory wrote in their paper, published in Neuroscience Letters, that “thirty-six undergraduates listened to 10 [minutes] of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448, and scored 8 to 9 points higher on the spatial IQ subtest of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale than after they listened to taped relaxation instructions or silence. This facilitation lasted only 10–15 minutes.”

The five-day study, which tested 79 students, also noted a “dramatic increase from day 1 to day 2 of 62% for the Mozart group versus 14% for the Silence group and 11% for the Mixed group [the group that listened to other types of music and recordings].” The study concluded that “perhaps the cortex’s response to music is the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for the ‘code’ or internal language of higher brain function.”

Milk Production

As reported in a 2007 article by Spanish media El Mundo, cows on a farm in Villanueva del Pardillo, Spain, produce 30 to 35 liters (about eight to nine gallons) of milk per day, compared to only 28 liters for other farms. According to owner Hans-Pieter Sieber, this is thanks to Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in D, which his 700 Friesian cows listen to at milking time. He also claims the milk has a sweeter taste.

Monks in Brittany, France, are said to be the first to have discovered cows’ liking for Mozart, according to ABC news. Now, farmers from Israel to England play classical music to their cows.

Health of Premature Babies

In January 2010, the journal Pediatrics published a study by Israeli scientists showing that Mozart helped premature babies gain weight faster. Researchers played 30 minutes of Mozart to 20 preterm infants at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on two consecutive days and compared their weight gains to another group who listened to no music.

The doctors noted that babies listening to the music were calmer, thus reducing resting energy expenditure (or REE).

“Exposure to Mozart music significantly lowers REE in healthy preterm infants. We speculate that this effect of music on REE might explain, in part, the improved weight gain that results from this ‘Mozart effect,’” the researchers concluded in their paper.

Sewage Treatment

In 2010, a sewage treatment plant near Berlin, Germany, trialed a Mozart sound system made by German company Mundus. Music from “The Enchanted Flute” was played to biomass-eating microbes. Initially, the plant almost canceled the experiment after a few months. But after a year, when it was time to clean the sludge, the plant found that it only had to transport 6,000 cubic meters (about 212 cubic ft.) away, instead of the usual 7,000 cubic meters.

Detlef Dalichow, a specialist in wastewater management, told the newspaper Märkische Allgemeine, “We have significantly less sludge to transport away.”

The company saved an estimated 10,000 euros on the cost of transporting sludge. Mundus says its speakers strive to accurately replicate the sound of a concert hall.

Plant Growth

Plants have been made to listen to all sorts of music since the 1970s. Some music they loved, and other music made them die. Mozart’s music, however, has been a favorite.

One of the first experiments with plants and music took place in 1973 when undergraduate Dorothy Retallack used the Colorado Woman’s College Biotronic Control Chambers to subject plants to two different radio stations. In one chamber, plants had to listen to rock music for three hours a day. In the other chamber, the radio was tuned to easy listening for three hours a day.

The plants subject to easy listening grew healthily, and their stems started to bend toward the radio. The plants listening to rock, however, had small leaves and leaned away from the radio. They grew tall and gangly, and most of them died in 16 days.

Retallack went on to experiment with a variety of styles of music. The plants leaned away from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix but seemed to appreciate Bach organ music and jazz. Their favorite, she found, was North Indian classical music played on the sitar. They showed complete indifference to country music.

Read more: The Mozart Effect | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

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Biotech Violin Molded Into Affordable Stradivarius

27 December, 2011 at 07:44 | Posted in classical, Music, Science | 1 Comment
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By Ginger Chan
Epoch Times Staff

String enthusiasts rejoice: In the near future you might be able to have your very own fungus violin, an instrument with a million-dollar sound but that will certainly not cost you a million.

While “fungus violin” might not roll off the tongue like “Stradivarius,” a sound test conducted in 2009 among an audience of experts found that the sound quality of a violin made from wood treated with a certain fungus rivaled, if not surpassed, that of one forged in the hands of the legendary Italian master Antonio Stradivarius.

The technology was developed by Francis Schwarze, scientist at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), with the help of Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer.

Schwarze treated wood with the white-rot fungus Physisporinus vitreus, which destroys specific structures in spruce wood, resulting in a substrate with superior tone quality.

Before musicians can get their hands on these “biotech violins,” however, researchers first have to standardize a process to fungally treat wood on an industrial scale.

The project has support. “Using modern science to explain the technical details of the material properties is something I find enormously interesting,” said Walter Fischli, co-founder of the biomedical company Actelion and hobby violinist, in a press release.

Fischli’s foundation is funding EMPA’s “mushroom violin” project. “In my opinion it would have been unforgivable to allow such an interesting project – one that so ideally links science and the art of violin making – to wither for lack of funding,” he said.

With the new support, a team of interdisciplinary specialists will gather data on the acoustic properties of various types of wood and develop methods to measure fungal activity over the next three years.

via Biotech Violin Molded Into Affordable Stradivarius | Inspiring Discoveries | Science | Epoch Times

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Spider Silk Structure Similar to Repeating Patterns in Melodies

20 December, 2011 at 08:17 | Posted in classical, Music, Science | Leave a comment
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Times Staff

The mathematical patterns in the physical structure of spider silk show similarities to those in classical music composition, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have revealed a structure-function relationship in two seemingly disparate fields—the composition of proteins and musical riffs—that may help engineers design new materials and even infrastructures.

The team used a branch of mathematics called category theory to create ontology logs or “ologs” by looking at the items’ primary building blocks: amino acids and sound waves. Ologs allow a system’s properties to be categorized abstractly, and reveal the inherent relationships between structure and function.

“The seemingly incredible gap between spider silk and music is no wider than the gap between the two disparate mathematical fields of geometry—think of triangles and spheres—and algebra, which uses variables and equations,” said study co-author David Spivak in a press release.

“Yet category theory’s first success—in the 1940s—was to express a rigorous mathematical analogy between these two domains and to use it to prove new theorems about complex geometric shapes by importing existing theorems from algebra.”

The olog allows scientists to compile information about how materials function in a mathematically rigorous way, and pinpoint patterns that are found universally in a broad variety of materials.

“There is mounting evidence that similar patterns of material features at the nanoscale, such as clusters of hydrogen bonds or hierarchical structures, govern the behavior of materials in the natural environment, yet we couldn’t mathematically show the analogy between different materials,” said Markus J. Buehler of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the release.

Interestingly, even when mistakes occur in the patterns, the overall harmonic sequence and function is generally unaffected.

“The fact that a spider’s thread is robust enough to avoid catastrophic failure even when a defect is present can be explained by the very distinct material makeup of spider silk fibers,” said study co-author Tristan Giesa in the release.

“It’s exciting to see that music theoreticians observed the same phenomenon in their field, probably without any knowledge of the concept of damage tolerance in materials,” he continued.

“Deleting single chords from a harmonic sequence often has only a minor effect on the harmonic quality of the whole sequence.”

The findings were published in the December issue of the journal BioNanoScience.

via Spider Silk Structure Similar to Repeating Patterns in Melodies | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

Chopin Cello Sonata

12 November, 2011 at 12:46 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Jing Zhao Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor Op65 3rd mov

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Gloria – A Good Way to Start the Week

17 October, 2011 at 09:43 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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B. Galuppi: Gloria per la ducal cappella di S. Marco (1779) / Ghislieri Choir & Consort

Beautiful Piece of Music by Brahms

12 September, 2011 at 18:11 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Brahms, Piano Quartet in C minor, third movement

Heard this beautiful piece not too long ago live by this eminent group, Uppsala Piano Quartet (Uppsala Pianokvartett).

Here you can listen to more of their beautiful music.

A Mother’s Grief or Joy at the Ascension?

2 June, 2011 at 07:11 | Posted in classical, Culture, Music, Spirituality | Leave a comment
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Was it with sadness or joy Mother Mary saw her son Jesus do the ascension? Sadness at having to part from her beloved son or joy that he ascended into the Light? Or both?

Anyhow, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is so beautiful…

Have you seen The Philosophy of Beauty? Very watchable film in six parts on YouTube:

Here in the sixth section, you can see the philosopher Roger Scruton speak about Stabat Mater and Pergolesi. Starts at 03:51.

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives. In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert. Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyses where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the centre of our civilisation.

Old Music in Old Town – Stockholm Early Music Festival!

28 May, 2011 at 11:00 | Posted in classical, Culture, Music | Leave a comment
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Welcome to Stockholm Early Music Festival! June 2-6 2011

From the programme:

Festival fever! Sweden’s largest international event for early music celebrates ten years of quality and vitality. An never-ceasing flow of extraordinary known and unknown music from antiquity to the baroque, performed for a steadily growing audience. SEMF 2011 invites you to an experience that stirs the imagination, reflecting the scope and diversity of early music – in perfect concord with the evocative atmosphere of the Old Town.

A selection from this year’s festive musical spectrum: master conductor Andrew Parrott and the Swedish Radio Choir re-create the polychoral splendour of Venice’s San Marco cathedral, and Sequentia brings the magical musical world of the Icelandic Edda to life. Enjoy high baroque with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and musical humour with Barokksolistene in “The Early Joke“. Rolf Lislevand and Arianna Savall with ensemble improvise around fiery Spanish baroque dances, while delicate viol consort Phantasm explore English harmonies. Also, songs of the medieval French troubadours, Polish baroque treasures, early Persian music…

Download the SEMF 2011
flyer here (PDF, 2,2 mb).

via Welcome to X Stockholm Early Music Festival! | SEMF – Stockholm Early Music Festival, June 2-6 2011

One of my Favorite Arias :-)

19 March, 2011 at 00:59 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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G. F. HANDEL Alcina: Mi lusinga

Ever heard of Paisiello?

16 February, 2011 at 17:15 | Posted in classical, Music | 2 Comments
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Definitely one of my favorites.

Below is Piano Concerto 4 in g-minor. Allegro Pietro Spada (piano and conduction), Orchestra da camera di Santa Cecilia.

If you have seen the beautiful and touching movie  Barry Lyndon you are probably familiar with this music, which in its original form is from the opera The Barber of Seville, in the way that Paisiello did it.

Here comes a soft and beautiful sample of the opera Nina, sung by Cecilia Bartoli.

From Wikipedia:

Giovanni Paisiello (or Paesiello) (May 9, 1740 – June 5, 1816) was an Italian composer of the Classical era.

Paisiello was born at Taranto and educated by the Jesuits there. He became known for his beautiful singing voice and in 1754 was sent to the Conservatorio di S. Onofrio at Naples, where he studied under Francesco Durante, and eventually became assistant master. For the theatre of the Conservatorio, which he left in 1763, he wrote some intermezzi, one of which attracted so much notice that he was invited to write two operas, La Pupilla and Il Mondo al Rovescio, for Bologna, and a third, Il Marchese di Tidipano, for Rome.

Yann Tiersen and Satie

14 February, 2011 at 18:36 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Yann Tiersen and Satie – two composers reminding of each other, anyhow in these two music pieces. I think this kind of music is so beautiful in its simplicity – just the piano playing. Satie reminds me of a very dear Dutch friend, who once played this music for me, Trois Gnossiennes. Before that I had never heard it.



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