tragic and terrifying

It is reported by his wife and friends that Schubert had musical hallucinations. He heard “music that is so glorious, and with instruments sounding more wonderful than one ever hears on earth.”

He also suffered from mental disorders and in his final breakdown these hallucinations escaped his control. They overwhelmed him, descending first into “angelic”, then into “demonic” music and finally into a single “terrible” note: a high A, unbearable and impossible to escape.

— paraphrased from Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia.

2 responses to “tragic and terrifying

  1. Hate to break it to you, but the composer Oliver Sack is describing there was not Schubert, but Schumann.

  2. don’t think this is a drawing of Schubert or Schumann.

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