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Introduction: And the Effects of their Music (02:48)


Music affects people differently than anything else mankind has created. There is a biological rhythm. Experts describe their emotional reaction to listening to Richard Wagner and Guiseppe Verdi's music.

Experiment Hypothesis (02:58)

Two identical twins will listen to opera for the first time while being monitored on an electroencephalogram. Human beings achieve their highest mental capacity in a relaxed state. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's compositions affect the brain intensely and immediately due to their rhythmic variability.

Film Scores (03:35)

Lars Von Trier selected the prelude from "Tristan und Isolde" for the film "Melancholia." Contrary to popular belief, Ludwig von Beethoven invented the double dominant with chromatic quintone. "La Traviata" was used for the final scene of "Pretty Woman"

Experiment Underway (04:01)

One twin listens to "Tristan und Isolde" while the other "La Traviata." The brother listening to Verdi gets swept up in the passion; there is no immediate reaction from Wagner's music. Konstantin Wecker describes how he bonded with his father through Verdi's music.

Music Archaeology (06:35)

Composers create music that illustrates how they would like to be seen. Hans-Ullrich Balzer explains creating a computer program that analyzes music based upon its rhythmical characteristics. Verdi's music demonstrates structures while Wagner flows more.

Experiment Results (04:47)

Verdi causes more brain reactions, bringing listeners to a more positive state of mind. Wagner's music results in tension. Vera Brandes does not believe it creates depression.

Credits: And the Effects of their Music (00:15)

Credits: And the Effects of their Music

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And the Effects of their Music

Part of the Series : Wagner vs. Verdi
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This program looks at whether there are technical and scientific ways to measure the effect of both Wagner and Verdi's music on their listeners. Two young men—identical twins with no opera experience—listen to music from Wagner and Verdi while their brain waves are measured. Are there differences in the psychological effects of the two composers on the listeners' brains? What are these effects and how can they be explained? A Berlin-based scientist shares his explanatory model.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL192657

Copyright date: ©2012

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