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: there were paintings on the walls, bent heads of young people at the tables, 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.