Going for Baroque

going for baroque“Baroque music is the fastest way to enter a thought into your subconscious mind.”

I was purging my Evernote notes when I came across this quote. I have no idea where it came from, or why I wrote it down, but let’s break it down.

What is baroque?

Baroque, according to Merriam Webster, is “of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression prevalent especially in the 17th century that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation, and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement, and tension”. Think Vivaldi and violins, Pachelbel and harpsichords, Bach and cellos; concertos, symphonies, and sonatas; the heavily embellished 17th and 18th century pieces where ladies in tall powdered wigs danced gavottes with gentlemen in only slightly less tall powdered wigs. That’s baroque.

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Does it really help?

Chris Boyd Brewer of the Johns Hopkins School of Education says “Music stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms to attain a state of deep concentration and focus in which large amounts of content information can be processed and learned. Baroque music, such as that composed by Bach, Handel or Telemann, that is 50 to 80 beats per minute creates an atmosphere of focus that leads students into deep concentration in the alpha brain wave state. Learning vocabulary, memorizing facts or reading to this music is highly effective. On the other hand, energizing Mozart music assists in holding attention during sleepy times of day and helps students stay alert while reading or working on projects.”

When I need to concentrate, I reach for my headphones, and the “Baroque for Thinking” playlist on Spotify and it really does help me cut out all the peripheral noise and focus on whatever I’m working on.

Try it! You may like it!