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Rachmaninov, hypnosis and the birth of the unconscious

Aug 29, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

The most celebrated case of "writer's block" in musical history has been turned into a musical. Dave Molloy, a writer and composer with a passion for Russian topics, is focusing on Sergei Rachmaninov. His musical Preludes (which premiered off Broadway in 2015) deals with a traumatic episode early in the composer-pianist's career. As the publicity for the production says, "Rachmaninov had it all; worldwide fame from a single composition by the age of 19, commissioned to write his first symphony a...