Strike a chord
Mimi Mo asks whether music therapy has practical applications in clinical practice
It is hard to imagine how Beethoven must have felt when he composed one of his masterpieces, Symphony No 9. It was at the time when he had gone completely deaf. As I listen to the last movement, Ode to Joy, I try to think about the sensory journey that Beethoven must have gone through: the vibrations of the piano keys that became the “music” he experienced and how the orchestral piece came from his own musicality.
Beethoven's story shows that music can be in any form, in any kind of composition, and can be interpreted in a million different ways. This applies not only to classical music but extends to the things that we have taken for granted: the sound of falling raindrops or the voice of our loved ones could be music to our ears. On the other hand, the honking noise when we are stuck in traffic