Nature and Music (video)

William Congreve, the 17th century English dramatist, once famously said: ‘Music hath charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.‘  What was true then, is true today, that many people turn to music for its power to sooth, to relieve the stresses of everyday life, and to create a mood of calm relaxation.  The poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson puts it beautifully:

There is sweet music here that softer falls

Than petals from blown roses on the grass,

Or night-dews on still waters between walls

Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;

Music that gentler on the spirit lies,

Than tired eyelids upon tir’d eyes.


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