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On demand: Bach, the Universe & Everything | The Science of Laughter

Orchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentRecorded at Kings Place: Hall One, London, United Kingdom

The Music: The antidote for the burdened and sorrowful soul in BWV 113 is God’s ‘healing Word’ which causes the heart to laugh again! This laughter can be heard in the Chorale and Recitative, with a burst of playful semiquavers in the continuo cello.

The Science: Continuing on the theme of giggles, Neuroscientist Dr Sophie Scott discusses the science of laughter and why we instinctively try to make each other laugh to get through difficult times.

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