Year: 1994 Source: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, v.87, no.12, (December 1994), p.764-766 SIEC No: 19950231

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 phase of depression. (7 refs.)