Tormented Genius

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20001024

John Florence looks into the relationship between mental illness and musical genius.

Sixteenth-century madrigalist and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, Beethoven, whose physical afflictions led to great mental torture, and Schumann, whose manic depression led to his death, have in common the profound influence of their tormented minds upon their music.

20001031

John Florence concludes his examination of the relationship between mental illness and musical genius with a focus on composers Ivor Gurney and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Both suffered mental and physical breakdowns during two catastrophic events of the 20th century: the First World War and Stalin's vicious Soviet regime.

The effects on their creativity were profound.

20010423

John Florence looks into the relationship between mental illness and musical genius.

Sixteenth-century madrigalist and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, Beethoven, whose physical afflictions led to great mental torture, and Schumann, whose manic depression led to his death, have in common the profound influence of their tormented minds upon their music.

20010430

John Florence concludes his examination of the relationship between mental illness and musical genius with a focus on composers Ivor Gurney and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Both suffered mental and physical breakdowns during two catastrophic events of the 20th century: the First World War and Stalin's vicious Soviet regime.

The effects on their creativity were profound.