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Friday, August 19, 2005

The Mozart effect

Received this in an email from a symphony colleague.


A new report now says that the Mozart effect is only part of the story. For you hip urban professionals: yes, playing Mozart for your designer baby will improve his/her IQ and help him/her get into that exclusive preschool. And of course, we're all better off for listening to Mozart purely for the pleasure of it.

However, one wonders: if playing Mozart for little Hillary or Jason could boost their intelligence, what would happen if other composers were played during their developmental time?

LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.

BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains reputation for profundity.

WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.

MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams -- at great length and volume -- that he's dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he's used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn't care because all his playmates think he's cool.

IVES EFFECT: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

GLASS EFFECT: Child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

STRAVINSKY EFFECT: Child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.

BRAHMS EFFECT: Child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc). However, his sentences containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.

CAGE EFFECT: Child says absolutely nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers.)


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