Meditation Music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, adagio

LD:  Listening to music, especially classical music, can do remarkable things to the mind and be a useful adjunct to meditation. Not all classical music can slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, increase concentration, produce alpha waves, and bring about a higher state of consciousness that is conductive to meditation. For example, the faster classical music of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons does not do this. 

As for certain types of non-classical music, such as high-decibel rock music as heard in discos, this can not only cause hearing difficulties in time but drive the listener mad. Such cacophonous music is in fact widely used in torture camps: high-volume caterwauling sounds of cats screeching  and babies howling for hours — all this can be guaranteed to traumatise the listener and leave him permanently damaged. It is therefore very important to avoid listening to the kind of discordant music that debilitates, demoralises, and finally destroys you. We can justly describe all such music as satanic.

In contrast, there is angelic music, the music that has a bracing therapeutic effect on those listening to it. The music of Mozart has been shown to be best for this purpose. An exceptionally relaxing piece of anti-stress music, better than any antidepressant or anxiety drug could possibly be , is the adagio from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This is known to slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, as well as to produce peace of mind, concentration, and a rapt state of higher consciousness. The more you listen to this music, the more its therapeutic effects will be felt.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 3rd movement, adagio  : 16 mins 

5 thoughts to “Meditation Music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, adagio”

  1. The second movement from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is one of my favorites. It will wrench your soul.

    But, my all time favorite composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. His perfection of counterpoint along with his incredible divine inspiration is unmatched by any other.
    The Mass in B minor is just one of his hundreds of Masterworks. One can listen to his music forever and always hear a different line in the voicing. It is pure genius.

  2. I consider the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s 9th to be the most sublime piece of music ever written. It goes straight to the heart, which is what makes it so

    Hearing is seeing

  3. A dissonant, unexpected chord; a searing riff that strains one’s imagination, shattering glassy thoughts, the shards ripping through soles of feet of any soulless, zombied biological bag….I do hear, gladly listen to this music. I appreciate words of praise for Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (unmentioned here as yet, I think).

    I came of age of “music appreciation” in third grade, time divided between a school in Pennsylvania and a school in Maryland. My sole surviving memory, the teacher of my MD class played a “classical music piece”. She directed that we, collectively “the class”, move about the perimeter of the classroom in a manner appropriate to (consistent with??) the music.

    Despite my young age, I had already begun to read the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. So, listening to the music, gaining some sense of the “beat” (just like a cop!), I commenced to traverse the boundary of the room at TWICE the pace of the other children, pretending to hold a magnifying glass before me. No kudos forthcoming for that, I can tell you!

    Pink Floyd foremost and many other bands, especially during the decade 1965-1975, introduced me to the depths and breadths and deliciousness of hearing, giving one’s ear to the Cosmos! I once discussed this with a friend. We talked at length about the congruence of high classical music (Bach, Beethoven) and acid rock. We concluded before the sun arose that day….Well, if I remember our exact conclusion, I’ll let you know. Now, analogous to “beauty in the eye of the beholder”, decades later, I say that MUSIC is in Mind, though the ear and “sound synthesizer” of the listener.

    I once came awake a few miles from an interstate highway; the truck tires on concrete played a heavenly symphony, for a moment or two, until resolving into real life noise.

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