Songs of the Civil War: this is not forgotten ...
Many people know the expression: "When the guns say, the muses are silent." His rightness is relative. So, in the Leningrad blockade, the muses were not silent. On the contrary,…

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From the history of blues: from plantations to the studio
Blues, like everything with a stunning success, has been an underground music trend for decades. It is understandable, because the White Society could not accept the music of African-Americans working…

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Christmas song “Silent night, wonderful night”: notes and history of creation
On the wall of the old school in the Austrian town of Arndorf and now hangs a memorial plaque. The inscription tells that in these walls two people - the…

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Psychosomatic reactions to some types of musical art

Music at all times, since its inception, has been used as a means of influencing people’s consciousness. With its help, different goals were achieved. Knowledgeable people wisely approached the musical design of their events.

For example, the Christian church forbade music in its churches, until the reign of Pope Gregory I, who allowed, and even wrote music to perform prayers. However, this music was supposed to be not emotional, without accompaniment, and the male choir sang songs in unison. This style is called Gregorian singing.

To this day, this singing sets up a divine mood, evoking sublime, angelic feelings among parishioners and clergy in the walls of temples and monasteries. Gregory I was a man who knew what he wanted to achieve with the help of music. And he was not alone in his attitude to music. Continue reading

Strengthening cathartic experiences with music

One glance at a person who has in his memory a painful experience, actualized in the present, is enough to determine the presence of this experience. Usually, a person tries to hide an emotion that is struggling towards realization, perhaps interpreting it as negative.

But the tensions that arise in a person who suppresses his emotions help to destroy the “primary essence”, which increases the alienation peculiar to most people from themselves and others (Lowen, 1975). According to Lowen, the “primary essence” is the pleasure of life, the source of which is freedom of movement and the absence of tension in the body. Continue reading

Influence of the tempo-rhythmic structure of music on the psycho-physiological state of a person

Musical culture in its deepest meaning has long gone beyond the circle of music lovers in the modern world. The widespread use of music in order to influence the human condition has now become almost total. The property of music to influence the state of a person is used now in therapy sessions, advertising, cinema, etc.

The direction of music therapy and music suggestion, which is not sufficiently studied by modern psychological science, brings, among other things, unexpected results of using music to influence the state of consciousness, especially on a massive scale. Continue reading

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Music in the head
Before modern neuroimaging techniques were developed, researchers studied the musical abilities of the brain, observing patients (including famous composers) with various disruptions in their activity due to injury or stroke.…

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Songs of Russian emigration, or, Russian song in exile
Already in 1919, the exodus of Russians from Russia began. The country has left several million people. The centers of Russian scattering around the world were Istanbul, and Prague, and…

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Will you be Einstein?
You are young, you consider yourself advanced, nightclubs are the best place to hang out after school or work. After - a feeling of well spent time, only now a…

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Lullabies - therapy for childhood fears
There is an expression that we all come from childhood. And it is true. All the emotions and experiences a child receives in childhood leave an almost indelible imprint on…

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