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Music to beat the isolation blues

From the first note, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Sonata No. 22, A Major K. 305” relays a feeling of energetic optimism. In tandem with a more gentle piano harmony, the floating violin, which is rich in timbre and tone, launches into a light — if sometimes staccato — melody that transports the listener into a space dictated by the 18th-century composer.

Anxiety floats away.

This is the power of music, according to Julia Bady, a Greenfield-based piano teacher who, in this time of pandemic-driven uncertainty, says the musical arts could be just what the doctor ordered.

“Music is vibrational. We are vibrational,” Bady said Monday, speaking from her home-studio on Oak Hill Acres, where she’s currently hunkered down with her husband, Violinist Bob McGuigan, who is a musician with the Pioneer Valley Symphony. “I don’t have scientific terms — but (music) affects our brains and our bodies, too.”

For the foreseeable future, Bady, 63, has moved her work online, teaching classes remotely via video conferencing. Bady, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Brown University in Rhode Island and a master’s degree in piano performance from Lesley University and Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, began playing music at age 7 and teaching at 19.

After delivering musical instruction professionally by day, she typically plays for herself for an hour or two in the evenings.

Lately, with her gigs canceled for the next several months, Bady says she and McGuigan have been practicing “Violin Sonata No. 22, A Major K. 305” together and intend to hold an isolation-inspired neighborhood concert once the weather is warm enough to throw open the windows so others can listen from the outside lawn.

They selected the piece by Mozart because “It’s in an uplifting key — the key of A major. It’s kind of fun; it’s playful;

Article source: https://www.recorder.com/Music-to-beat-the-blues-33492862

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