Listening to Classical Music Modulates Genes That Are Responsible for Brain Functions

Medical Xpress, March 13, 2015

Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a latest study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species.

Listening to music represents a complex cognitive function of the human brain, which is known to induce several neuronal and physiological changes. However, the molecular background underlying the effects of listening to music is largely unknown. A Finnish study group has investigated how listening to classical music affected the gene expression profiles of both musically experienced and inexperienced participants. All the participants listened to W.A. Mozart’s violin concert Nr 3, G-major, K.216 that lasts 20 minutes.

Listening to music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic function, learning and memory. One of the most up-regulated genes, synuclein-alpha (SNCA) is a known risk gene for Parkinson’s disease that is located in the strongest linkage region of musical aptitude. SNCA is also known to contribute to song learning in songbirds.

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“The effect was only detectable in musically experienced participants, suggesting the importance of familiarity and experience in mediating music-induced effects”, researchers remark.

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  • John Smith

    Classical music is like negro kryptonite. This explains why – enhanced mental activity.

    • antiquesunlight

      I had the misfortune of sitting next to a black girl and her mom last year during a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth by the Atlanta Symphony. The mom appeared to be accompanying a rich-looking white man. Throughout the entire symphony, they would make stupid, sarcastic comments. They were utterly incapable of appreciating the genius of the music they were hearing. I hope the rich guy realizes that Beethoven can’t fix genes and moves on to someone who can appreciate what he naturally appreciates.

      • Ludwig

        And the fact that Beethoven was almost completely deaf by the time he composed the Ninth Symphony is a testament to the absolute genius of the man. The fact that he never really heard some of his greatest works just shows how cruel fate can be.

        • cranky_1970

          How about J.S. Bach who never heard his keyboard music played on a modern piano? Not quite so tragic as Beethoven’s deafness, but sad to contemplate. Somewhat like a movie director dying in 1916 just before Technicolor was invented.

      • TruthBeTold

        There are lots of idiots who go to classical music events. I’m not sure why. Maybe someone drags them there or they want to be seen or they consider it a cultural notch on their belt to talk about at soirees.

        I went to see The Flying Dutchmen and two women were talking through the overture. I stared at them with hate for ruining my moment but they didn’t seem to care. At another opera, a man was checking football scores on his phone (a distracting bright light in the dark).

        I have long since stopped going to movie (because all I see is PC propaganda) but when I did I couldn’t stand people whispering all around me.

        • RyanP

          Whispering is one thing, at least there is some social acknowledgement that they should not be talking. I hear people talking in their normal volume voices. One guy even answered a phone call once. My blood was boiling, I wanted to smash his phone against the wall. It has a lot to do with the type of movie you watch as well. Big blockbusters are the worst, anything mildly intellectual or nerdy is best.

          I find the audiences at Woody Allen movies very well behaved. It is funny watching the dumb people get up and leave 20 minutes in when they don’t get their dose of raunchy humour.

          • FinnShane

            The worst for me was when a couple of Hispanic a-holes were snickering and laughing during the combat scenes in “Saving Private Ryan”. The wave of hate and impending violence from the outraged theater goers (all white btw) had them leaving very quickly. The disrespect was so disgusting even usually docile folk wanted to stomp them.

      • John Smith

        He was probably one of the rich liberals who are forcing diversity on us.

        • ElComadreja

          Definitely. Who else would shame themselves in such a manner?

      • meanqueen

        He was living in his own version of My Fair Lady.

      • Max

        A rich-looking perhaps but stupid white man. Sounds like he needs more Mozart than was ever written.

      • HE2

        The only time one saw any blacks at S.F. Davies Symphony Hall was in the event Lenny Bernstein’s protégé, the mulatto Andre Watts was scheduled to perform.
        I was never very impressed with Watts. Flamboyant in style, less in substance and unless he has expanded it, a somewhat limited repertoire, in my view.
        I may be wrong; have not seen him in concert for quite some time.

    • TruthBeTold

      When I lived in NYC, I walked into Macys’ during Christmas. They were playing selections from The Nutcracker ballet.

      A group of black girls walked in right behind me and when one black girl heard the music she said, ‘I gotta get out of here, I gotta get out of here’ and left the store.

  • Chip Carver

    There have been other studies that showed listening to classical music enhanced some people’s mathematical ability.

    • LexiconD1

      MIND program, in schools. Except in this program, it’s better if the kids are playing the music, instead of listening to it.

  • Samuel_Morton

    “The effect was only detectable in musically experienced participants.” I wonder if this also means that the effect is also more prevalent in certain populations?

  • David Ashton

    What does rap do for anyone?

    • anony

      Obviously it lowers cognitive ability. Oh wait!… low cognitive ability happens first, then you listen to rap.

    • JackKrak

      It helps me identify the whites I need to keep an eye on

    • IBWHITE

      I believe it triggers the gene related to car theft in knee grows.

    • Bossman

      American black music used to be melodic and soulful but the young Blacks who make music keep changing the style to new genres which is like a degeneration of previous styles. They keep changing the genre, as I understand it, because they are terrified of sounding like their fathers.

      • Anglokraut

        You are making a huge assumption that they KNOW their fathers.

        • ElComadreja

          Father’s Day is very confusing for them.

      • LeonNJ

        I do enjoy The Platters and Sam Cook. Too bad that type of music is long gone.

        • TruthBeTold

          How many of Motowns’ greatest hits were not written by blacks?

          • LexiconD1

            A lot, but in those days, it went both ways.

      • IstvanIN

        It is called devolving as they pull further and further away from what was the American norm.

      • ElComadreja

        They haven’t done a damn thing worth listening to in well over forty years.

    • LexiconD1

      I don’t know, but it’s not allowed in my home.

    • Who Me?

      Rap kills white people. First they clench their teeth in pain, and to keep from being punished for uttering something deemed “racist” by someone who happens to hear them. This continual teeth clenching causes TMJ (a dislocation of the jaws) leading to migraine headaches. Migraine headaches create stress throughout the entire body, causing excessive wear and tear on all bodily systems, leading to debilitating health failure and eventually a shortening of the White person’s life span.
      (Well, I’m entitled to my opinion…)

      • ElComadreja

        When I hear it I want to punch somebody.

        • TL2014

          That’s the goal of this music – to rouse the baser instincts.

    • TL2014

      If anything, rap illustrates the type of music created by people with more developed cerebellar vs neocortical function, no?

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I hope this isn’t like the discredited “Mozart Effect” which was supposed to increase the IQ of babies and young children who were exposed to it. It was eventually shown to be rubbish.

    • meanqueen

      Oh, don’t throw it out so hastily. Maybe the research studies were done using black ghetto kids as test subjects.

  • superlloyd

    They did a study showing that listening to Mozart’s piano concertos temporarily boosted IQ. The corollary is that listening to cRap has the opposite effect. This may in part explain the dumb wigger phenomenon

    • antiquesunlight

      What is it with Mozart, I wonder? I’ve always been more of a Bach guy.

      • TruthBeTold

        I primarily listen to Bach and Mozart.

        I know I’ll make enemies but Beethoven never did it for me. Neither the 5th or 9th symphony ever struck a chord with me (although the Adagio movement of the Emperor piano concerto is sublime).

        • Anglokraut

          Back in my clarinet-playing days, Mozart was my primary source of playing material, but not where I found my “listening music”. That was found in J.S. Bach and Beethoven. When I started studying orchestral clarinet, Beethoven’s symphonies took on a whole new dimension–the how-am-I-supposed-to-make-this-sound-easy? effect. It’s very humbling.

          • TruthBeTold

            Beethoven is a great composer; I have no argument with that. He just doesn’t hit me on a personal level. I just don’t seem to hear what other people hear. Heresy, I know. I usually keep this opinion to myself lest someone goes into a rage at how great Beethoven is; much like Linus does when Lucy says she doesn’t like Beethoven. And what is Linus playing when Lucy says she doesn’t like Beehtoven? Fur Elise.

            Fur Elise is a catchy tune but it likely wasn’t even written by Beethoven and yet this is what many causal listeners will say they like by Beethoven.

            I love the first movement of the 6th and the 2nd movement of the 7th. The way he merges two themes is brilliant and very stirring. I’m sure I could find more that I liked if I made the effort to listen but from what I have heard I’m not very interested.

            My experience with Bach and Mozart are very different. I generally don’t have to ‘work’ at liking a piece by either. I can hear a snippet of either in a film or commercial and my radar goes off; even if I don’t know the work.

        • antiquesunlight

          I like all of the major composers, but the three guys that really speak my language are Bach, Franck, and Scriabin. I’ve never outright disliked any Beethoven I’ve heard, but he’s a little hit or miss. Bagatelle No. 3 Op. 126 is a piece of heaven, particularly that long trill that sounds like pure Christianity.

          • TruthBeTold

            I don’t hate or even dislike the work of Beethoven. Most of his music simply never ‘stirred my soul’. I mentioned the 5th and the 9th because those are the two cited by most people as inspirational but not for me. I just do hear what others hear or say they hear; they don’t move me.

            The other problem is that whenever I hear a piece by Beethoven, I find myself ‘waiting for the loud part’. Every piece has a loud part. I know it’s a peculiar dislike but there it is. I understand how Beethoven increased the dynamic range with triple forte but loud for the sake of being loud just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s almost like people who listen to rock music loud. They seem to like the loudness of it. Turn down the volume and it loses most of its’ impact.

            Thank you for Bagatelle No. 3 Op. 126. I never heard it because I don’t go out my way to find works by Beethoven.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Maybe it’s a reversal of cause an effect. Those who listen to rap are already dumb to begin with.

      • TruthBeTold

        I agree. Either you get it or you don’t.

        I remember when I was young and I would hear a snippet of classical music and my ears would prick up.

        When I was very young I was watching The Flintstones; the episode where Fred is hit on the head with a bottle of car polish and he becomes Frederick.

        He puts on a record and starts singing (badly). Even so, I was struck by the melody and I could hum it for years.

        It was only later found out what it was. The “Lucia Sextet” (Chi mi frena in tal momento?) from Lucia di Lammermoor.

        A similar thing happened when I heard a piece from a symphony and I played it in my head. Years later I discovered it was the the second movement of Mozarts’ 41 Symphony (which thanks to the White mans’ technology I’m listening to as I type).

        Whenever I hear a piece of classical music I have to know what it is. And thanks to the internet and youtube I can track down almost any piece of music.

        I have one outstanding omission. It’s not classical but a piece for a saxophone quartet that I played in school. It’s an obscure piece but I haven’t given up searching for it.

  • Listening to music represents a complex cognitive function of the human brain

    There is some “music” that is indicative of anything bout complex cognitive brain functions.

  • Alexandra1973

    Just saw on Angry White Dude’s blog about rap “music” and stupid people. Hm.

  • Fr. John+

    Of course this is factual! Not only that, but it was WHITE MEN who created this music, from Palestrina to Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini…..

    Whites don’t need to be ‘supremacist.’ Our culture demonstrates it every second of every day. Then, compare it to [c] Rap music. QED.

    • JP Rushton

      The Japanese have made some really good classical music as well.

      Also judging by its use in Anime, they love white classical music.

      • libertarian1234

        Yes, they seem to, as do South Koreans.

        I saw the videos of Paul Potts’ tour of Korea and Japan. Both countries had excellent orchestras and the Japanese had a really pretty soprano sing “Time to Say Goodbye,” with Paul Potts.

        The audiences from both countries loved it.

      • Fr. John+

        Yes, they do. One of my children makes me listen to the game scores, and MPR has a program on composers who write for this genre. All of whom (to this point) have been white Males…. coincidence? Possibly.

        But the ethnic ownership of Classical Music, JP, you have to admit, IS a ‘white thang’ after all. Orientals are merely copiers, not innovators.

    • awb

      Supremacy is academic.

      • Fr. John+

        And most academics (especially the liberal ones) are among the most ‘supremacist’ folks I have EVER met… all while dissing conservative, Bible-believing whites, you understand..

  • Rap music is a gold plated turd. The music industry gets rich off killing the brain cells of our youth. They’ve told our youth that to listen to classical music makes you an uncool nerd but listening to Negro hip hop makes you cool. They lie. We must refute the lie.

    • antiquesunlight

      I am ceaselessly astonished by the appeal of rap music, especially for whites. One of my best friends growing up, a guy with a degree in math who is far from stupid or uncultured, used to insist that Eminem’s lyrics were brilliant. I would look at him like he’d lost his mind, and it still baffles me. Eminem’s lyrics are ridiculous. I would counter my friend’s pro-rap tirade with explanations and examples of Bach’s fugal counterpoint and religious depth. He thought it was cool but never appreciated it at the same level I did (and do).

      I honestly don’t understand how any person of emotional and intellectual maturity can consistently prefer Jay Z over Scriabin or Common over Purcell. I get that not everyone wants to listen to piano sonatas and symphonies 24/7, but it just seems like pop music, and certainly rap, would leave a person thirsty for something really meaningful.

      • meanqueen

        The finer things in life are often an acquired taste.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        Actually, I would agree with your friend that some of Eminem’s lyrics were…well, maybe not “brilliant,” but certainly better than you’re giving him credit for. His lyrics are demonstrably better when compared to many other mainstream rappers – more complex, and executed so smoothly.

        Many of his bigger hits when he first broke out are quite over-the-top and cartoony, and that was certainly by design. There’s little to them but wildly ridiculous bragging about drug use.

        But he had a few gems. If you don’t know many of his songs, well… Among them, my favourite was one song where he creates the character of a man (an alternate version of Eminem himself) who murders his wife (who has his real wife’s name) for cheating on him. (Probably the result of much fantasy about the real thing…) The entire song is Eminem alternating between both roles (alt-himself and his alt-wife), playing out both the man’s frantic mood swings before the ultimate explosion of violence and the wife’s terror and attempts to talk her way out of it. It was like a little radio play, but…set to music and rapped.

        I believe it was condemned for “condoning domestic violence,” which I always thought was ridiculous. It actually made domestic violence and uxoricide look like a tragically pathetic effort on behalf of a weak man to save his masculine pride. This character is so far gone that he believes the murder of the woman who has slighted him is the only option available to him if he wants to still feel he’s a man.

        I THINK that’s what Eminem was actually going for, anyway. Hard to say, but I suspect he’s maybe just a smidgen more intelligent than he generally acts.

        All that being said…it is no contest if he is being compared to Bach.

        I personally do like a bit of rap; but tend to find that I can only take it in small doses without feeling literally, physically sick. Classical music, on the other hand, is always cleansing, uplifting and soothing.

        I read a while back that as a group, blacks score poorly on basically all tests of musical aptitude EXCEPT rhythm…which would explain the overall trends in the sorts of music they tend to produce. Whites score best on pitch discrimination.

        I have wondered ever since if we can really “hear” the same thing, how different it is if we don’t, and if the same types of music might not have totally different effects on us.

        • HE2

          Church Lady was not impressed with M and M. She raked him over the coals, deservedly.

        • antiquesunlight

          “His lyrics are demonstrably better when compared to many other mainstream rappers”

          I could randomly combine words from the books around me and it would be better than many other mainstream rappers. Let’s try it. I’m in the library right now.

          Alabama wolves, winged migration
          Human brain, clinical periodontology
          Century of War
          American heritage the world must know
          Egypt shipwrecked, the modern Middle East
          Africa Tutankhamun, 100 years of Revolution

          Pretty hard lyrics, yo. Check it.

      • ElComadreja

        Eminem is a sorry punk that would benefit greatly from being put in prison with his black heroes.

  • EiSkogsNisse

    Why am I not surprised? But it’s not just that listening the classical music affects the memory, it is also capable of conjuring powerful emotions. You may experience real beauty by listening to it.
    On a second note there was also a study done a while ago which showed that monkeys preferred Negro music to White music. This should hardly be surprising after all it is only natural for monkeys to prefer the culture of their closest hominid relatives.

  • RacialRay

    I think it may be in how the music is absorbed. Classical music enters through the head and travels swiftly to the heart and soul. Rap, by supreme contrast, enters through the loins and stays there, chimping out like some section 8 hoodrat whose EBT card scam just got busted.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      You hit the nail on the head. The same can be said for Latin music especially regathom music.

  • Hilis Hatki

    I like to study or just read while listening to classical music. Wagner, Mozart… in Mozart you can hear the wedding march, the ABC’s, the main riffs from some Neil Diamond songs amongst other things. When I listen to rap my DNA becomes expressionless.

    • Wing-nut.

      I’ve been a musician for over thirty years. After I permitted myself to listen to rap(music?), I noticed that I didn’t analyze it’s composition at all. It had bypassed the intellect and went straight to the emotional. Like a musical lobotomy.

      • libertarian1234

        It’s very similar to the grunting and chanting that goes on around the campfires in African villages.

      • meanqueen

        Rap has composition?

      • BlueSonicStreak

        Whoa, this is a striking comment.

        I am not a musician of any sort, but part of what I most like about classical music is the “math.” This is hard to explain, but I like to listen to each instrument separately, and the relationships between each set of instruments and the others, and then all their relationships to the whole. I guess that sounds really dry, but…it’s not? I always see music as being, I don’t know…colored shapes that have specific mathematical relationships to each other by design.

        After reading your comment, I realize I don’t think I do that with rap or hip-hop. I will have to watch now and see. Is this something similar (maybe a lay version) to what you meant?

        • Wing-nut.

          Ya may wanna consider picking up an instrument. You seem like a natural.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            I did try to teach myself a little on the piano; but was baffled by how you’re supposed to get both hands doing different things simultaneously.

            There must be some sort of cognitive “trick” to it that I didn’t figure out.

          • Wing-nut.

            Work at it slowly and don’t forget its suppost to be fun.
            The “ah-ha” moments are some of my fondest memories.

          • Anglokraut

            The flute is easy to learn, and you can get a very nice instrument for $1000. No reeds to buy, either.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Actually, funny story, I DID attempt the flute for about six months in the school band as a kid.

            I was unspeakably awful. I could get fingering down pat, but…no matter HOW I held my mouth or the flute, or WHAT I did, my notes were full of air. The few times I DID manage to get a clear sound, the director scolded me for not centering my lips on the mouthpiece, so I had to go back to whistling. The sound I produced made everyone cringe – imagine the woodwind version of listening to some little kid squeak on a violin. I cried many times in frustration, as I had wanted so badly to play music. Eventually, I gave up completely because it seemed obvious that I would never “get it.” Every other kid in the band had long surpassed me. They thought I was utterly stupid, and said so. It’s an old, but still very painful memory.

            In college, I made friends with a music major who was a flute player. I mentioned this to her and she was unsurprised, pointing out that I have a well-defined Cupid’s bow on my top lip. I asked why this would matter. She explained to me that a Cupid’s bow makes it MUCH harder to play clear notes on a flute, and beginners with this problem generally need special help to get a modified embouchure going. Oh.

            Mystery solved, but yeah – flute’s now my last choice. LOL.

            Thank you, though. It’s true, woodwinds are pretty cheap to pick up. I did try out a clarinet towards the end of my time in band, and I did better with that. Sometimes I consider buying one and picking it up again. You do have to deal with the weird wood taste of the reed though, yeah.

          • Anglokraut

            I have a cupid’s bow lip, and I crack notes on the flute, but I don’t let that stop me from playing. I just keep practicing and practicing, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Reeds aren’t bad though once you break the reed in. I would soak mine in an old plastic film container, and skip the new-reed taste altogether.

  • LexiconD1

    Oh my, when my son was born I received a copy of “Mozart for Mommies.” I played it all the time, still do, when my son was a baby/toddler. He loved it. No wonder, at his last IQ testing his score was a 137.

    Hmm…any correlation, I wonder 🙂

    • Anglokraut

      It can correlate all you want, but causation is the one to prove.

      • LexiconD1

        In the end, does it really matter? Not to me, I don’t care one way or another. My son is still well above average in intelligence.

        • Anglokraut

          It matters if some people can react so favorably to classical music that it increases IQ. What are the Marxists going to do? ban classical music?

          • LexiconD1

            I think a good percentage of the population responds favorably to music that has melodies within them (think, “music hath charms to smooth the savage beast”.) Not ‘beats’, necessarily, but melodies. It’s kind of like taking a pause, when you’re in the middle of something important, or when you meditate.

            But, that’s only ‘my’ theory…

  • libertarian1234

    “Listening to Classical Music Modulates Genes That Are Responsible for Brain Functions,”

    In whites only.

    In blacks classical music modulates the genes that are responsible for brain functions which cause blacks to flee from the sound, screaming hysterically. They regard it as a form of torture far above waterboarding in severity.

    • Sid Ishus

      The reason some malls went to playing classical.

  • MrBiIIGoode .

    Reminds me of…
    “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.”

    • LexiconD1

      I didn’t read down this far… I, totally, agree. And said so, in a post above, written well after yours.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      (It’s actually, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” It’s probably the most misquoted theatrical line of all time.)

      But yes. It actually increases the release of dopamine!

  • Fathercoughlin

    How do hip hop make ya feel??

    • Hilis Hatki

      Makes me feel like I want to put my hands in the air and wave them like I just don’t care.

  • Uncle_Dan

    Mozart’s the most art.

  • WR_the_realist

    I would have liked to see a control group listening to rap music.

    • Light from the East

      I would say (rap music vs classical music) is like (Dodge Dart vs Rolls Royce Phantom).

  • dd121

    This theory sounds a bit flaky, but for the time being, I’ll accept it as a working hypothesis.

  • flyingtiger

    When I was 12 I heard Leonard Berstein conducting Beethoven’s 9th. I was in heaven. Loved classical music ever since.
    The only pop music I liked was heavy metal. That is because these guys steal as much as they can from the classic. In Europe, some opera singers moonlight as heavy medal vocalists.

  • meanqueen

    I used to enjoy exercising to 70’s pop music, but a lot of the playlists on YouTube feature mostly black disco music (which I also used to love and which are great to dance to). Unfortunately, I can no longer enjoy it, and the lyrics strike me as degenerate now. I guess I used to ignore that. So I put on some Irish jigs and reels (oh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!) It wasn’t the same dance experience but I felt cleaner. I also like to watch videos of Motown singers from pre-1965. They were dignified and talented in their performances. But it still makes me depressed to watch what black people used to be and could have been, and thinking what white liberals did to black culture in this country. We talk a lot on here about the innate negative qualities of black people such as low IQ and tendency to impulsivity and violence, but I wonder if the outcome might have been different if leftist social engineering had not been allowed to run rampant. After all, many very decent, good people who are hard working and contributing citizens don’t have high IQs. Just a few of my rambling thoughts.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      There are some descent black people. I too like motown songs, but sadly these sucessful negroes will never side with the white people and will always support their balck race even when they are wrong. That is why I am careful with even the good negroes. That is why I laugh at my white conservative friends that want to vote for Dr. Carosn just because he is a conservative negroe. I bet he is another conservative Obama who will lead America into another 8 more years of socialism if elected.

      • meanqueen

        Agree. I respect Dr. Carson as someone who overcame diversity. I’ve read two of his books – they’re very heartfelt and inspirational. That doesn’t make him qualified to be president or even in any leadership position (though I realize with the bar being set so low these past couple of decades, it’s a hard position to defend). I am convinced he will be unable to withstand the pressure of black people hating him and calling him a race traitor, and will flip flop just as he did on the homosexual comment he made (which was a stupid comment, but just more evidence of how he is not prepared for this role). Also can you imagine if he did become president and started flip-flopping or had huge failures, and the conservatives turned on him, how the libtards would then claim they had solid proof we’re all racist – because we can’t even support a black man when he’s on our own team. Yeah, like we need that. I’m sick of the race obsession in this country and we need to take steps to end it, and one of those steps is not voting in a black president. Personally, I have fantasies that Trey Gowdy will run, even if only in the VP position.

        • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

          I agree. He will start caving in the moment he hears the word ‘Uncle Tom’ A long as they are white and Pro America, Pro white, Pro ending non white immigration and Pro Christian, I am all for that person

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Rap, heavy metal, trance and the trash music that passes off as ‘music’ only kills off society.

  • Light from the East

    Classical music is one of greatest form of music in human history. It represents the complex coordination of rationality and sensibility, order and creativity.

  • HE2

    Vivaldi, Baroque era fan here.
    Some modern classical: Satie, Saint-Saën, Fauré, Messiaen, Dvořák, Smetana, some Copeland, but mostly I am a fool for opera, Mozart and JSB Bach.
    Am a long time patron of the S.F. Symphony and Opera. Confess to giving the tickets away if I do not like the program.

    • antiquesunlight

      Baroque is my favorite period, too. Not familiar with Smetana. Thanks for the “recommendation.”

      • Anglokraut

        If I recall my music history class, he was a romantic-era composer, known for “Ma Vlast”.

        • HE2

          Yes, and the ever popular “Die Moldau.”

      • HE2

        You are quite welcome, antique. I enjoy talking about music.

  • propagandaoftruth

    I play two Pandora stations at work. One has Beck with a generous helping of Johnny Cash. The other has Louis Prima and all the great guido crooners and belters. And Johnny Cash.

    When I really want to keep the feets moving out the door after the purchase though, that’s time for Haydn. And a little Johnny Cash…

  • Transpower

    But what about listening to Heavy Metal? Bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, AC/DC….

  • TL2014

    I seem to remember a study that showed that embryos of different races respond differently to the same type of music. Is anyone familiar with this?

  • texasoysterman

    Yeah, I’ll just bet he was a “swordsman.”

  • antiquesunlight

    Yes, Bach is far more serious. Mozart was an amazing genius and I enjoy his music, but much of what he wrote is a bit too whimsical to hold my attention for too long.
    Excellent guess, but my avatar is in fact Marcel Proust, the author.

  • LACountyRedneck

    I was listening to rap the other day and……oh, forgot what I was going to say.

  • Anglokraut

    That principle flute has a great sound in all registers. Great laugh at 6:30 mark, when the principle clarinet is blowing water out of his C#/G# key–I know that annoyance quite well!