Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Simona Di Segni
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2018/2 Language Italian
Pages 27 P. 77-103 File size 271 KB
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Robert Schumann fought throughout his life against mental illness, on which nature many hypotheses were made: manic-depressive psychosis, syphilis, alcoholism. The intent of the article is to show how this great musician managed to contain his inner world, always on the brink of disintegration, through his extraordinary ability as a composer, trying to hold together the contrasting and fragmented internal voices in harmony between each of them. In this way his mind reflects integration rather than a chaotic war of not integrated or disintegrated voices or objects. Schumann’s fascination with counterpoint and fugue, which he resorted to in the most critical moments of his mental illness, suggests that the composer seeks in the breakdown an organizing principle - guaranteed by the formal characteristics of this type of composition - that could contain the fragmentation of his mind.
Keywords: Depression, Schumann, integration, fragmentation, counterpoint, obsessive de-fence
Simona Di Segni, "In der Nacht": Robert Schumann e la sfida al limite dell’abisso in "PSICOANALISI" 2/2018, pp 77-103, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2018-002007