Music and health (part 1)
I was walking along a quiet, old Moscow street one day and heard the wonderful sounds of Chopin from the window. Marvelled. After all, this house is a Russian research
Opening the massive door, entered the porch, climbed the stairs, found the room where the performance was. The doctor’s office could not be called this room: on the walls – paintings, at the tables – the bowed heads of young people who painted portraits, landscapes. At the piano sat a girl and played.
What is this – art school? No. The 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 the Milan University of new medicine and Lomonosov Moscow state University Vladimir Leonidovich Raikov.Again I was surprised to learn in it the actor who created an image of the Minister Khvostov in the known movie “Agony”. V. L. Raikov – multifaceted abilities of man: doctor, philosopher, poet, actor.
Here, in the laboratory of the medical center, he restores the health of patients suffering from neuroses and other diseases. “Excessive passion for discos, noisy pop music, computers overloads, and sometimes destroys the human psyche, especially the young body, – 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 achievements of the evolution of the Universe – is not one of the grateful opportunities for the preservation and further development of mankind – reasoned V. L. Raikov. – They say beauty will save the world. I will add, – he said: creativity in the name of beauty and life will save the world. A great merit of the poets, artists and musicians.”
The Professor calls their activity “creative self-realization”. A reasonable person is, first of all, a Creator. By creating the Mind, the universe has created the Foundation of awareness of the freedom of the individual, the sense of his destiny. The aspiration to creativity, to heights, to stars also defines the term “creative self-realization”. As the saying goes: per aspera ad astra (through the thorns to the stars). “That’s what we were doing,” – smiling, concluded our conversation Professor Raikov.
He lovingly looked at his patients, listened to the enchanting sounds of Chopin’s melody and said: “We help to identify the talent given to them by nature and to improve, to get rid of this or that ailment.”
The desire for beauty, for creative self-realization lives at all times of the existence of intelligent humanity. The great Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin was recognized as a genius during his lifetime. The five years he played beautifully simple plays, and in 12 years have not yielded the best pianists. With special spirituality, grace, he performed his own compositions: mazurkas (he wrote 58), foreplay, the Barcarole, waltz (they had 17); but still 16 polonaises, 27 etudes. According to the memoirs of contemporaries, Chopin’s performances have always been a great success.
Doctors have long paid attention to the fact that the music of Chopin, and not only him, helps to treat diseases and people’s souls. In some works – bravura and brilliance, which lift the mood, in others – tenderness, poetry, melody; such music calms, soothes, brings into harmony feelings.
Among the delegation of journalists I visited Germany, in particular, in Weimar – the city of Goethe and Schiller, in Eisenach, where the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born. By the way, by an amazing, random play of words, “Bach” in German means “stream”. And Bach’s music, seemingly born from a spring, poured out into a huge sea, into an ocean of feelings and sounds. His organ preludes, fantasies, toccatas powerful stream swept, conquered the whole world. Don’t forget to visit the Bach house Museum.
Spellbound as we looked at the harpsichord, which may have struck the hand of the great Maestro. There was a pianist in our delegation. Having received permission, she sat down for an ancient instrument. And sounded “rare harpsichord chords” – remembered poems of Anna Akhmatova.
I was offered to read a short story about Bach’s life and work (translated from German into Russian) as an announcer-commentator against the background of the music. It was impossible to convey my feelings: it seemed as if he was sitting at the harpsichord, from where his melodious play came. There was music, and I told how brilliantly Bach played in the Church, in a large concert hall. Here he sat down at the organ.
Mysteriously gleamed pipes of different shapes and sizes. This unusual, majestic instrument can produce a variety of sounds: the voice of the flute, the iridescent ringing of bells, and the trombone with its low timbre. Bach’s fingers touched the keys. The first powerful chord rang out, and magic music with bizarre variations flowed. He was called the Lord of the world of sounds, compared with the legendary Orpheus – “the Creator of divine music, hymns” of Ancient Greece.
They say when Orpheus touched the strings of his lute,
At the sound of her came running from the forest animals,
But the art of Bach rightly considered above,
Because the whole world marvels at him…
Russian music critic A. N. Serov wrote: “Bach never ceases to be a great, perhaps the greatest, melodist. Only he likes to make not one voice sing, but many at once, creates not one melodic thread, but a whole fabric of simultaneous melodies.” The great scientist Einstein said that in Bach’s music he heard “the harmony of the Universe”.
Let the organ’s voices burst again,
Like the first spring storm…
with these words I finished the story at the harpsichord in Bach’s house, and looked around: what clear, enlightened faces surrounded me. It was as if our souls and hearts had been cleansed by touching the world of the greatest of musicians. Truly music heals! Many experts confirm this. And we ourselves feel that music can strongly affect a living organism. Festive, upbeat mood creates works of Johann Strauss. “The king of the classic Viennese waltz” (son) wrote 500 waltzes, polkas, gallops, quadrilles.
The soul rejoices when you hear Strauss waltz “On the beautiful blue Danube”! Solemn and stately sounds of the Polonaise Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opera “Eugene Onegin”. And what a wonderful picture appears before us when you listen to the work of the Russian composer modest Petrovich Musorgsky “Dawn on the Moscow river”! Like a picturesque canvas of the artist, illuminated by the radiant colors of the morning dawn, as if the life-giving jets of air of the awakening bright day envelop you. Such music calms, has a beneficial effect on a person.