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Magdalena Baczewska | Music for Dreams, Vol. 3

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Music for Dreams, Vol. 3

by Magdalena Baczewska

Real music. Real medicine. No side effects. This album is especially designed to help adults and children make a transition from wakefulness to blissful sleep. Endorsed by Dr. Jordan Stern, board-certified sleep specialist and a best-selling author.
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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1. Nocturne, Op. 16 No. 4
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2. Gnossienne No. 1
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3. Gnossienne No. 2
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4. Gnossienne No. 3
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5. Pavane De La Belle Au Bois Dormant (From "Mother Goose Suite")
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6. Romanze, Op. 118 No. 5
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7. Nocturne in B-Flat
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8. Klavierstück, Op. 3 No. 1
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9. Prelude, Op. 11 No. 15 in D-Flat Major
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10. Prelude, Op. 11 No. 9 in E Major
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11. Prelude, Op. 11 No. 4 in E Minor
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12. Wiegenlied [Cradle Song] S. 198
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13. Prelude, Op. 11 No. 5 in D Major
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14. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
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15. Wiegenlied [Cradle Song] S. 174/1
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The recording process of “Music for Dreams”

Music for Dreams was conceived by BLUESLEEP founder Dr. Jordan Stern after he heard pianist Magdalena Baczewska perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This piece, written almost 300 years ago, was commissioned by Count Keiserlingk, an insomniac, who wished to be entertained by music of “smooth and somewhat lively character” that might cheer him up during his sleepless nights (J. N. Forkel, “On Johann Sebastian Bach’s Life, Genius, and Works,” 1802). Noting that, in general, concert goers often fall asleep during performances, Dr. Stern suggested (at the risk of insulting the pianist) that she might create a CD designed to transport the listener to a natural state of relaxation. The music and its interpretation would inspire feelings of peace and lightness such as those experienced upon falling asleep… but without using sleeping pills!

We asked Magdalena about the recording process: “Creating this CD was unlike any other recording process. I carefully selected a dozen pieces for solo piano from thousands of works, spanning over three centuries of repertoire. During the studio recording session, I had to keep my emotions in check at all times, trying to avoid excitement, and playing in a manner resembling a lullaby. As opposed to a live performance, where my goal is to maintain the audience’s attention, in Music for Dreams Vol. 1 I wanted to create an atmosphere that would help the listener’s thoughts drift away.”

“Together with the sound engineer, Joe Patrych, I worked towards de-emphasizing dynamic contrasts, normally sought-after in a live performance. The microphones in the studio were positioned to make the powerful Steinway concert grand sound distant, soft, and dreamy. I arranged the pieces in a particular order, transitioning from the shorter and more lyrical ones to longer, more introspective, and highly meditative compositions. I also paid close attention to the key structure in the set, to help prevent any excessive dissonant auditory stimulation. This technique was designed to create a natural fade-out, simulating closing eyelids and the slowing heartbeat of a person drifting off to sleep.”

According to Dr. Stern, it takes an average of 15-20 minutes to fall asleep (the sleep onset latency time) from the time one lies down in bed at night. To account for the individual variations in sleep latency times, we made Music for Dreams a 45-minute collection. This would allow most of the listeners to be sound asleep well before the end of the recording. Many of those who have already experienced Music for Dreams admit to dozing off after only a few tracks (see testimonials).

Music for Dreams has also proven to be the perfect accompaniment for a number of settings outside the bedroom. It provides a relaxing background for activities such as massage, walking, yoga, meditation, or reading. Because of the music’s sleep-inducing qualities, Music for Dreams is not recommended for listening while driving!

Music and the Brain

Throughout history, the healing influences of music have been well documented. There are references in the Bible to David soothing the spirits of King Saul with his harp. Orpheus charmed the gods with his lute into another chance at lost love. In short, the restorative effects of music have been recognized for centuries. Ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese philosophers all believed that music had the power to heal body and soul.

We know from experience that gentle music can lull us to sleep. Moreover, studies show that music can also relieve pain by lowering blood pressure, normalizing irregular heartbeats, providing positive distraction, promoting deep relaxation, and relieving insomnia. Additionally, music encourages the recollection of suppressed memories, the relief of anxiety, improvement in mood, and the alleviation of depression.

Music can calm or stimulate us. We are born with a tendency to interpret sounds in particular ways. Much as a blaring car horn can be stressful, sounds which are slower, longer, and quieter tend to be interpreted as calming. From chanting during meditation to singing a lullaby to a newborn child, soothing music can be the key to deep, peaceful relaxation.

Music affects our brains, minds, thoughts, and spirits. Physicians and other medical providers widely recognize and employ its therapeutic qualities. Music is used in hospitals to alleviate pain in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication; to elevate patients’ moods and help treat their depression; to promote movement for physical rehabilitation; to calm, sedate, or otherwise induce sleep; to counteract apprehension or fear; and to lessen muscle tension and achieve relaxation of the autonomic nervous system.

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