What is enlightenment?

Bach on the brain: Discovering brain dynamics of music

Bach, the Universe and Everything returns to the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute for a second season of awe-inspiring music and musings
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Bach Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt
(Just as the rain and snow fall from heaven) BWV 18

Professor Morten L. Kringelbach University of Oxford
Steven Devine director

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. In this event, we explore the brain dynamics of music.


Music is not just pleasurable but often highly meaningful. Professor Morten L. Kringelbach talks us through the neuroscience of music and how it contributes to the experience of eudaimonia, a life well-lived.


This cantata has a dark-hued flavour due to its unusual instrumentation including four violas, what more pleasure could one ask for? As for the lyrics, they’re equally dark and contemplative about the dangers to God’s word. The cantata ends with a few lines of text pinched from a prayer by Protestant Reformationist Martin Luther.

In partnership with

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics