Music: Musician, Heal Thyself

A somewhat more exact account of music's emotional effects than music's much-reputed power to soothe the human breast was attempted last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry by lanky, bearded Dr. Howard Hanson, dean of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. Dr. Hanson's conclusions pointed to possible uses of music in controlling emotion, and perhaps to a new wrinkle in esthetic theory. His main conclusion:

A pleasing vitamin in music is consonance, as in such agreeable harmonies as the standard Do Mi Sol Do. When composers wish to ennoble, invigorate or inspire their...

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