When you run out of ideas at work, or you are irritated by noisy neighbors, stop what you are doing and listen to Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach.
While there are many good reasons for not playing music in public places, there is compelling evidence it does a lot of good. For years scientists have found that classical music has an especially powerful influence on human thinking and mood. Some scientists believe this is due to the complexity of its structure.
This past April, for example, a team of radiologists improved their ability to diagnose when they were listening to Baroque music, according to Newsmax.com.
Even crime decreases. In 2004 British transport police played classical music in London’s metro stations and were astonished with the results in six months: robberies were down 33 percent, assaults on metro staff fell by 25 percent, and cases of vandalism decreased 37 percent.
Classical music also proved effective in preventing gangs from gathering in supermarkets. Graffiti scribblers were also “repulsed” by the sound of Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky, according to the Web site SixWise.com.
What is more, classical music reflects the morality of times when a belief in the divine dominated people’s thinking and made people more modest and reverent. Reverence is a mood in opposition to irritation.
Most people have experienced the elevated feeling one gets while listening to a Bach Fugue. Some may have imagined entering the solemn courtyard of the Austrian Emperor after listening to Mozart’s masterpieces. These pieces can make the soul move and fill one with joy—joy which is pure, inspiring, and which frees the mind from ill thoughts.
When one reaches this state of consciousness, positive effects from listening to classical music appear: cheerfulness replaces depression, creativity improves, concentration and self-discipline become enhanced, and even some minor ailments go away, by themselves.
Listen to any of these popular classical pieces to elevate your mind:
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Piano Concerto No. 21 – Andante”
• Johann Pachelbel – “Canon in D major”
• Johann Straus – “Blue Danube Waltz”
• Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini – Minuet (from Quartet No.11)
• Frederic Chopin – “Nocturnes”
• Leo Delibes – “Flower Duet” (from the opera “Lakme”)
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
• Antonio Vivaldi – “Spring” (from "Four Seasons”)
• Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – “Waltz of the Flowers” (from the opera “The Nutcracker”)
• Johann Sebastian Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D minor”