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MUSIC FOR CONTEMPLATION

This special, purpose-designed compilation works to induce a state of relaxation, wherein stress is relieved, and the brain is in state receptive to contemplation and learning.

Researchers have found that certain music types ease the brainwaves into the relaxed 'alpha state' that is ideal for Superlearning. One form of this superlearning music is the adagio movements of many baroque composers.

The adagio movements are around 40 to 60 beats per minute. In many string concertos and other works, the adagio movements often encapsulate the quintessential thematic and emotional material. However it is their 40-60 beats per minute and slow rhythm that relax body and mind functions and allow an alpha state of mind. This enables one to excel in the retention and recall of materials presented in 20 minute intervals. It is also great for relieving stress. Click the image for full details.

BAROQUE ADAGIOS

The Baroque Spirit expressed in music is: Order, Pattern, and Form. Here there is to be no disorder, no atonal meandering, no shapeless movements. Music which is melodious yet so constructed as to reflect the "perfect order" of the universe: that is the essence of the baroque. In the words of baroque composer and theorist Johann Joseph Fux: “A composition meets the demands of good taste if it is well constructed, avoids trivialities as well as willful eccentricities, aims at the sublime, but moves in a natural ordered way, combining brilliant ideas with perfect workmanship.”

While the faster movements in baroque concertos are lively and tuneful, the adagios, the slower movements, would often provide a complete contrast, being thoughtful and introspective - and especially melodious. Thus the typical baroque adagio provides rich material for meditation, for moments of peace and quiet, or to “still the mind” after a troublesome day! Click the image for full details.

FOR QUIET LISTENING

We also recommend the Concerti Armonici by Count Wassenaer, and the double-CD set of concertos by Geminiani. Alessandro Scarlatti's orchestral music BMC 7 makes very pleasant, relaxing listening, as also with Purcell's Trio Sonatas, BMC 9.

Music which is melodious yet so constructed as to reflect the "perfect order" of the universe: that is the essence of the baroque. And it provides the perfect inducement to relaxation and peace of mind.

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