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Some Classical music are in sync with the body’s natural rhythm to help healthy

Posted on 11 June 2015 by admin

Cardiologists at Oxford University have found that some classical pieces can significantly lower the listener’s blood pressure.

The findings were presented by Professor Peter Sleight at the British Cardiovascular Society conference this month.

In the study, participants were played music of different styles while researchers analysed their pulse and blood pressure.

While some classical pieces lowered a listener’s blood pressure, rap and pop music was found to have the opposite effect.

Speaking at the conference, Professor Sleight explained that some composers, including Verdi, seemed to have managed to mirror the natural rise and fall of blood pressure in the human body.

“Verdi may well have been a physiologist,” he said, “he hit on this ten-second rhythm in blood pressure and you can see it in his music.”

“Our research has provided improved understanding as to how music, particularly certain rhythms, can affect your heart and blood vessels. But further robust studies are needed, which could reduce scepticism of the real therapeutic role of music.”

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Classical music could be dead within a generation?

Posted on 08 April 2015 by admin

Kent Nagano, who is musical director of the Bavarian State Opera, told the Kurier that classical music has “gone so quickly in a generation,” and that it is “in danger of losing its social significance.”

“Today you can make classical music accessible to all thanks to new technologies. And yet there is a problem in communication.”

Nagano also voiced concern that modern generations see classical music as “something that belongs to the past,” and that lack of music education in Western curricula may be to blame.

Do you agree with Kent Nagano’s comments?

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The April Fools to classical music

Posted on 03 April 2015 by admin

Knitting with Nancarrow

Warner Classics were quick off the mark with its announcement of a new set of recordings “in response to the needs of real classical music lovers day-to-day”. Genuinely a little disappointed that ‘Knitting with Nancarrow’ isn’t going to be making it onto the market, though…

The canine concerts

Too long neglected as a serious classical music audience, this New York theatre decided to cater directly to its furry friends. Take a bow, Miller Theatre, this is absolutely superb. The thing is, we kind of want to attend.

Kings’ College chapel gets a revamp

The Choir of Cambridge’s most iconic chapel announced “a substantial redevelopment” to its home on Facebook. Complete with a grass roof for increased grazing…

Radical Past, Eco-Friendly Future: announcing “Henry VI: the 500th Anniversary Project”.In celebration of the 500th…

Posted by Choir of King’s College, Cambridge on Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Having a ball…

The Royal Opera House unveiled plans to turns its orchestra pit into a giant ball pit. This idea should totally survive beyond 1 April – let’s get a petition going.

Cloning the greats…

America’s WQXR ran a story which explained that “in a groundbreaking development” scientists have taken genetic material to make clones of the great opera singers of the past “including the legendary soprano Birgit Nilsso”. So sort of like Jurassic Park . But with sopranos instead of velociraptors.

A new concert hall for London

Blogger Jessica Duchen riffed on the recent news surrounding a possible new concert hall for London with this story – in which it’s announced that Birmingham’s Symphony Hall will be moving to the capital.

The Royal Albert Hall gets a Beatles in its bonnet

The Royal Albert Hall claimed to have “discovered” a letter signed by someone called ‘Ernest O’Folliper’ showing the executive at the time was furious that the building had been name-checked by The Beatles.


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Classical music relaxes cats

Posted on 31 March 2015 by admin

The study, which was undertaken by scientists at the University of Lisbon, placed headphones on cats’ ears while under anaesthetic and monitored their breathing and pupil movements.
When the cats were played Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings in a concentrated two-minute burst, the scientists found that the classical piece made a noticeable difference to their state of relaxation.
Dr Miguel Carreira, a veterinary surgeon at the University of Lisbon, told the Journal of Feline Medicine: “During consultations I have noticed, for example, that most cats like classical music, particularly George Handel compositions, and become more calm, confident and tolerant throughout the clinical evaluation.”

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