Classical Music and Its Affect On Society Essay

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How Classical Music Has Affected Society
Music and society have always been intimately related. Music reflects and creates social conditions. Music's interconnection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on the earth has it. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. The influence of it on society can be clearly seen through ancient to modern history. The strongest effect given off from a genre of music would have to be classical music. The genre’s ability to increase one’s ability to learn has helped generations achieve greatness, but the more importantly classical music can even help grow life. It can also both harm and heal people both physically and mentally. The power of music to affect
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The boffins base their finding on a study in which they played 14 different classical pieces including Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata in rice fields. They found that the music helped plants the crop grown at a faster pace, and is evidence that plants have genes that enable them to "hear". Tests on the effects of music on living organisms besides humans have shown that special pieces of music aid hens in laying more eggs. Music can also help cows to yield more milk. Researchers from Canada and the former Soviet Union found that wheat will grow faster when exposed to special ultrasonic and musical sounds. Rats were tested by psychologists to see how they would react to Bach's music and rock music. The rats were placed into two different boxes. Rock music was played in one of the boxes while Bach's music was played in the other box. The rats could choose to switch boxes through a tunnel that connected both boxes. Almost all of the rats chose to go into the box with the Bach music even after the type of music was switched from one box to the other.

The order of the music from the baroque and classical periods causes the brain to respond in special ways. This order includes repetition and changes, certain patterns of rhythm, and pitch and mood contrasts. One key ingredient to the order of music from the baroque

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