Classical Music 101

What Is Classical Music?

According to British & World English Dictionary, classical music can be defined as:

“Serious or conventional  music following long established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition”

“Music written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830, when forms such as symphony, concerto and sonata were standardized. Often contrasted with baroque and romantic.

And from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music.”

Why Classical Music?

Why Is Classical Music Important?

It has been said that beauty is to the eye of the beholder, which suggests that each person’s perception and interpretation of events differ. So while some people claim that  classical music is boring, others find it  rich and rewarding, interesting and even stimulating.

Still, some say that you have to acquire a taste for classical music. Perhaps so, but the more you listen, the more you will want to listen. Indeed, there is so much variety and diversity within the genre of classical music itself that one is bound to find something that appeals to one’s taste.  Much like medicine –  that which may, at first,  seem  unpalatable – now taste good.

Listening to classical music is the perfect antidote for a bad mood, or a stressful day. The  recurring melodies linger with you and help to create a more calm and relaxed atmosphere.

Want to impress your friends and acquaintances?  Simply let them know that you are a  lover of classical music. There is this perception that classical music lovers are highly cultured and intellectual.

The importance of classical music  can be manifested in many different  ways. In addition to those  listed above, there is empirical evidence to support the beneficial effects of  classical music on the brain, and as a form of therapy.

Effects Of Classical Music On The Brain

While the  brain’s ability is enhanced by simply listening to this  musical style; playing it results even in greater brain development.                    

Classic music provides  the right balance of rhythm and melody. The rhythm  affects the brain’s organization and abilities by raising the level of serotonin produced in the brain. Nerve impulses, transmitted  by the serotonin, help to maintain joyous feelings and ease of tension.

Additionally, the more serotonin that is released enhances  the cognitive and creative functions of the brain, letting the body and mind perform better.  For example,  you may have heard of the study with the autistic boy who found it impossible to tie his shoes. However, with classical music playing in the background he was very successful in achieving his task.

Is it mere coincidence that many of the greatest minds in history were musicians?  For instance, both Einsteineinstein_played_the_violin-the_synagogue_was_a_charity_concert_in_berlin_-_the_hungarian_pest_diary_-_pictures_sunday_-_february_9th_1 and Thomas Jefferson played the violin  – the former, to help solve complex equations and the latter, to express his thoughts from mind to paper.  Yet others, including Shakespeare and Napoleon were dedicated to music.

It has also been proven that music affects animals and plants as well. Scientists have observed that rats’ brains were more physically developed when exposed to classical music. Also, it was noted that hens lay more eggs and cows produced more milk when the right balance of rhythm and melody was found.  Finally, experiment on plants proved that they grew faster and more efficiently  with classical rather than those with rock music playing in the background.