Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament


Music and Melancholia

This paper examines the psychiatric ailments of some of the great composers: two committed suicide, four suffered from severe depression, three had other ailments; & three had manic-depressive illnesses. The mood swings of these composers are compared with their periods of intense composition. For some, it seems that they were most productive immediately after a […]

Robert Schumann: Portrait of a Musician Contemplating Suicide

This report discusses the life of Robert Schumann, one of the leading 19th century German Romantic composers, who attempted on one, and possibly two occasions to commit suicide. There is a strong family history of depression and emotional disorder in his family. The medical records of Robert’s hospitalization are lost, however the study is based […]