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MOZART WAS A “ROCKSTAR”


MOZART REBELLED AGAINST TRADITION.

Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing and composing at the age of 4. He was known as a prodigy, and unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day. His music was written to accommodate the specific tastes of particular audiences, not always following the “proper” form or harmony of his generation.

MOZART WAS KNOWN AS BOLD AND PRECARIOUS.

Mozart spent many years traveling with his father, and later as a salaried professional at various prestigious organizations. Similar to modern day rock stars, he was often discontent with the confining environment of these positions.  Often he was required to compose and play certain types of music, which Mozart objected to but was obliged to observe. He had once mixed freely with noblemen, but now found himself placed at a table in the lodgings for the archbishop’s entourage, below the valets if above the cooks. Furthermore, he was refused permission to play at concerts (including one attended by the emperor at which Mozart could have earned half a year’s salary in an evening). He was resentful and insulted. Matters came to a head at an interview with Archbishop Colloredo, who, according to Mozart, used unecclesiastical language; Mozart requested his discharge, which was eventually granted at a stormy meeting.

MOZART DIED IN POVERTY AT THE AGE OF 35.

After many ups and downs in his career, Mozart set about earning a living in Vienna. His main concern was to take on some pupils, to write music for publication, and to play in concerts (which in Vienna were more often in noblemen’s houses than in public).

At the time of his death Mozart was widely regarded not only as the greatest composer of the time but also as a bold and “difficult” one. He suffered from depression and several illnesses.

Mozart spent the last 10 years of his life in precarious independence in Vienna.

 

 

MUSIC AND LOVE GO TOGETHER

Love Inspires Musical Composition

It’s no accident that so much music, from country music to operas, is about love.  The lyrics to country music songs often have a theme about the composer’s awesome partner or the loss of a love.  Well-known, beautiful classical music like Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, 2nd Movement,” and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik may turn your heart to thoughts of love. Ravel’s “Bolero” is a sensual classical favorite that can put you in the mood for romantic love.   Many classical composers wrote music especially for their lovers.  In 1810 Beethoven wrote “Für Elise” and noted that it was for his immortal beloved.  There is some debate as to whether it was written for the woman he was in love with at that time, Therese Malfatti, or for his long-time lover, Therese van Brunswick.  It’s also unknown whether Elise was a nickname for Therese or whether the publisher misread Beethoven’s handwriting.  We will probably never know which of these women (if either one)  inspired him and earned the title of his “immortal beloved.”

Music Plays a Role in Romance

Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, stated that the need to find a mate was the pressing requirement of evolution.  He then suggested that, among humans, music played an important role in sexual selection.  Music can powerfully intensify and move your feelings, emotions and intellect all at once.   When you attend a Broadway show or romantic movie that stirs your emotions, be sure to get the soundtrack.  If you hear your partner say, “Oh, I love that song,” download that song or buy a CD with that song included. Listen to some romantic harp music at http://heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm.

What are some of your favorite love songs?

 

 

WHY DO WE LISTEN TO SAD MUSIC?

It’s cathartic to get in touch with all our emotions, good and bad. Music is a safe way to do this. There is always resolution in music, from dissonance to harmony. We can identify with that since life is a series of ups and downs, conflict-resolution, sadness-joy, stress-relaxation.

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/why-do-we-like-listening-to-sad-music

 

 

MUSIC HELPS ANTI-AGING

http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/stories/10-reasons-why-making-music-is-good-for-your-brain

 

3 Ways In Which Music Can Inspire Writing – R.S. Mollison-Read

3 Ways In Which Music Can Inspire Writing

 

PIANO PLAYERS’ BRAINS ARE DIFFERENT

https://mic.com/articles/91329/science-shows-how-piano-players-brains-are-actually-different-from-everybody-elses#.sDdhvA15T

 

MUSIC IS SIMPLY ORGANIZED VIBRATIONS

Our Own Vibrations (brain waves, heartbeat, breath) Get In Sync With Music.

Everything in existence – atoms, molecules, cells, the entire universe – and, yes, music – is in a state of continuous vibration. Everything vibrates at a particular frequency. We have the power to manipulate and control energy through the vibrations of music. With music, rhythm, pulse, melody, pitch, harmony and different instruments all contribute to this universal energy. If you want to relax and slow down, listen or play slower harmonic music. If you need a little more energy, brighter, happier music will help to speed up your metabolism.

Music Sets the Mood in Movies or Television Shows.

The next time you watch a movie or television show, pay close attention to the music playing in the background. The choice of music is very deliberate, designed to evoke a certain mood or emotion. I often have someone come up to me after I play a certain piece and ask what movie it was from. The music brings back memories of the movie; they’re woven together in the person’s mind.

Choose Music That Matches The State of Being You Desire.

Would you like more energy; do you want to relax, to meditate, to learn something new, to get in touch with nature? Often the music you enjoy and choose is subconsciously what you need anyway!

Suggestions for Choosing Your Music

*For Energy and to Clear Your Head – 125-130 beats per minute
Louder music with a quick beat and higher pitch helps to rev up your brain and metabolism – getting you in sync with the music.

*For Learning, Concentration and Motivation – 115-120 beats per minute
Listen to music that is moderate in tempo, dynamics and pitch, and has no lyrics. Great for studying and focusing.

   *For Relaxation – 60-80 beats per minute
Slow-tempo, soothing, mellow music entices you to slow down. Perfect for getting to sleep, getting ready to meditate, unwinding.

If you’re in the mood to relax, listen to some soothing harp music. www.amazon.com/dp/B00005V6EI

 

EVERYTHING IS VIBRATION – INCLUDING MUSIC

All About Vibration

The definition of “vibrate” is to move backward and forward, to oscillate, to shake, to quiver. Everything is in a constant state of vibration, from the tiny electron to the vast universe. To understand the concept of vibration, hold one arm straight out in front of you, completely still. You may not notice the movement of that arm, but under a microscope you would see that the electrons that make up the arm are moving (vibrating) at the rate of approximately 186,300 miles per second. By shaking your arm you increase the frequency (speed) of the vibration.

Your Thoughts Are Also Vibrations.

When you have certain beliefs and thoughts, your brain sends off electromagnetic waves. Your body soon is resonating to the same vibrations. Some people have rigid auras (fields of energy) and don’t exchange energy freely. Those who have energy fields that are more resonant and harmonious find it easier to interact with others. This is why you are attracted to some people and not others.

The Vibration of Music Has a Profound Effect on Your State of Being.

Music produces a wide range of frequencies from low to high. The timbre and tonal quality vary widely, depending upon the instrument. The pulse or rhythm can vary from extremely slow to very fast. All this has an extreme effect on your aura or state of being.

Your Choice of Thoughts, Companions and Music Affect Your Well Being.

Trust your intuition if you are getting bad vibes from certain music or individuals (or groups). Simply change what you’re listening to or performing. Avoid people who seem to disturb your aura or energy, and choose those you feel in harmony with. There are times when you can’t control either the music or your companions. For those times simply breathe deeply and imagine a protective aura surrounding you.

Try absorbing some good vibrations as you listen to classical harp music.   http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/heavenlyharp8

 

 

MUSIC FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE OR FUNERAL

Suggestions for Funeral/Memorial Music

If you don’t have a clue how to choose music for a funeral or memorial, check out this list of songs.

Religious
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
How Great Thou Art
On Eagles’ Wings
In the Garden
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Hymn of the Universe
It Is Well With My Soul
Today
Classical
Reverie – Debussy
Clair de Lune – Debussy
New World Symphony (Going Home) – Dvorak
18th Variation – Rachmaninoff
Popular and Folk
Angels Among Us
The Rose
Memory
Over The Rainbow
Wind Beneath My Wings
What a Wonderful World
Danny Boy
Greensleeves
You’ll Never Walk Alone

Family members may know one or two favorites of the deceased, and have a few requests of their own. The memorial service is a beautiful closure for family and friends. The shared memories will bring up sadness along with happy times.

To hear samples of these songs and many more ideas, go to www.heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm. Click on any CD and any song to listen.

WHY NOT HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY/PRE-FUNERAL?

80-yr. Old Throws  Celebration: Birthday/FUNeral

A fascinating woman recently turned 80. The unconventional lady, Joan, decided she wanted to participate in her funeral so she threw this party.  I played at Joan’s last wedding, and I’ve played my harp for many unusual events but this FUNeral was a first. The event was thought-provoking, spiritual, fun, and beautiful.

FUNeral Agenda

The 80th Birthday/FUNeral consisted of a somewhat traditional funeral or memorial ritual. The unusual part of the service included Joan being helped by her sons into a wooden casket with luscious purple pillows. I played on my harp while everyone sang a hymn and various people gave testimonies during the service.
After the service, the celebration began. There was music and Hula dancing, led by the “Fountain of Ukes,” delicious food, conversation and connecting with old friends.

Suggestions for Funeral/Memorial Music

If you don’t have a clue how to choose music for a funeral or memorial, check out this list of songs.

Religious
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
How Great Thou Art
On Eagles’ Wings
In the Garden
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Hymn of the Universe
It Is Well With My Soul
Today
Classical
Reverie – Debussy
Clair de Lune – Debussy
New World Symphony (Going Home) – Dvorak
18th Variation – Rachmaninoff
Popular and Folk
Angels Among Us
The Rose
Memory
Over The Rainbow
Wind Beneath My Wings
What a Wonderful World
Danny Boy
Greensleeves
You’ll Never Walk Alone

To hear samples of these songs and many more ideas, go towww.heavenlyharpist.com/harp-cd.htm. Click on any CD and any song to listen.