Most people in the modern world have heard and would easily recognize the Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9, or in other words Ode to Joy
Surprisingly though, most people have never heard the third movement:
Why is this interesting? According to a group of scientists at Oxford University, the third movement of Beethoven’s Symphony #9 may be able to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease in listeners!
We know, of course, the profound importance of sound and vibration when it comes to our multi-layered health and well-being. Laura Donnely at The Telegraph says,
“Research presented to the the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference in Manchester found that listening to music with a repeated 10-second rhythm coincided with a fall in blood pressure, reducing the heart rate. Such recordings include Va Pensiero by Italian composer Giusuppe Verdi, Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony adagio[*].”
To make this story even more interesting, it appears that the song may have been composed this way intentionally,
“Professor Sleight explained some composers, including Verdi, seemed to have managed to mirror the natural rise and fall of blood pressure in the human body. ‘ Verdi may well have been a physiologist,’ he said, ‘he hit on this ten-second rhythm in blood pressure and you can see it in his music.'” — Elizabeth Davis, Classic FM
While the science behind this concept isn’t set in stone completely yet, the evidence is compelling enough to put on your speakers or headphones, and bathe in the relaxing melodies of one of history’s most prolific composers.