Relaxing Music — e. While I believe that it can make us happy to listen to uptempo, stimulating and entertaining pop music throughout the day, I also believe that we all can benefit from a slow and peaceful instrumental from time to time. With this project, I want to create a place where you can come to, when you feel the need to.
Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management. Research confirms these personal experiences with music. Current findings indicate that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second. This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious. To induce sleep a delta brainwave of 5 hertz , a person may need to devote at least 45 minutes, in a relaxed position, listening to calming music. Researchers at Stanford University have said that "listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.
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Classical music can be a powerful tool for relieving everyday stress, helping you sleep and supporting your mental health. We think these are the best pieces of classical music to make your day more relaxing. Our weekday Smooth Classics presenter Margherita Taylor says: "Anything by Einaudi transports me to another world, where I can dream to my heart's content. As with all of Bach's music, you can listen to each line of the music as a melody of its own. For a moment of musical meditation put this piece on at night, close your eyes and follow the notes of the bass line — and marvel at its beautiful melody. The moment the piano finally comes in after the orchestra in the second movement is one of the most moving in all of classical music with its sensation of utter relief. It's almost impossible to hear them and not feel relaxed afterwards.
How did Erik Satie's Gymnopedies become the quintessential relaxation music? Of their time, they also seem to float above and beyond it. Music is often most affecting when a performance is so natural, and a composition so well-crafted, that a listener is able to let go and relax into a state of pure experience. But what is it that allows music to bestow this state upon a listener? Hear the pieces your favorite classical hosts turn to when they need calm. YourClassical is proud to offer you classical music for any occasion. Please make a gift today to sustain this music.