This new insight permits on the one hand a conclusion to mans historical development of music, and on the other hand provides an important impulse for the expansion of the therapeutical use of music. Listening to music makes physical exertion less exhausting, probably because of improved muscle coordination, says an October 16, 2013 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft news release, ” Working to the beat .” The study is published in the journal known as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Here in Sacramento, music therapy also spans hospital pediatrics, such as the pediatrics division at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, CA. For example, there has been an internship consisting of clinical training hours with Music Works, a private music therapy agency in Sacramento, CA where a student could work with Sutter Senior Care (geriatric day program), Southside Art Center (day program for adults with disabilities), and Shriners Hospital for Children (pediatric orthopedic/burn care) in the field of music therapy. See, ” Karen Rae Sanchez – In Harmony Music Therapy Services .” What’s new in a recent European ( Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ) Max Planck Institute study of music and physical effort is that certain genres of music can help people work to the right type of musical beat. For example, soldiers marching often sing a particular type of song with a beat that matches their physical labor or marching efforts. Certain genres of music like Blues and Gospel are, in their formation, directly linked to hard physical work When the slaves toiled in the cotton fields, they sang. When chained prisoners chipped stones in the quarries, they sang, and incorporated the sounds of work into their music. When sportsmen and women want to achieve peak performance they often let themselves be driven by music and occasionally also fans singing and chanting. It has been suspected for a long time now that there must be a correlation between music and bodily exertion, but such a connection with music making has not yet been researched in more depth from a neuroscientific perspective. Up until now we assumed that being active with music would relieve the severely stressed from the self awareness of ones own body proprioception so that the bodily response to the stress would be simply less clearly perceived. Scientist Tom Fritz is dubious about this simple explanation: Does this effect of music actually result from the distraction of proprioceptive reactions? To be able to clarify the question, the scientists developed series of tests in which three different fitness machines were used. In one of the first tests, there were always three participants using the fitness equipment and at the same time passively listening to music.
It’s different this season. Three concerts have already gone by and no Caball?Domenech. As he begins his third season here in the Springs, the 40-year-old Spaniard believes the orchestra has achieved a “cruise altitude. I’m proud and satisfied if every single performance we do matches our audience’s expectations. If I’m on the podium or not becomes secondary.” His concerts this weekend reflect both his artistic vision and European roots. “For the Prokofiev (‘Romeo and Juliet’), I’m doing my own selection of the ballet music, not of the suites that he wrote later. The music follows the same order as the plot, so this selection has a dramatic sense per se. It’s a wilder, crazier, a more aggressive instrumentation, which gives a sense of unity to the piece, almost like a symphony.” For Mozart’s “24th Piano Concerto” he invited Croatian Martina Filjak to be his soloist. “I worked with her couple of years ago and I was impressed by her personality. That’s the kind of experience I can bring to my beloved audience and orchestra musicians: the interesting people I have the pleasure to know, as I did with Jan Vogler, Joaqu? Ach?carro and more others to come.” DAVID SCKOLNIK, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE OTHER EVENTS Martini Shot – 10-year anniversary party, 8 p.m.