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08 October 2007

Scriabin's Mysterium and the Birth of Genius, Emanuel E. Garcia, M.D.

Here's the original page; below is the description, with some light edits of the English (it's a Danish site):

1. Scriabin’s Mysterium and the Birth of Genius
downloadScriabinMysterium.pdf

A psychoanalytic approximation of our composer Skryabin, by Emanuel E. Garcia, M.D.

Ed.: The author examines from a psychoanalytic perspective the role and meaning of Scriabin's grand and transcendent artistic conception, the Mysterium. In so doing he offers a key to the understanding of the Scriabin's genius and daring musical originality.

Also take a look at our page Skrjabin Bulletin and read an interesting comparison by Emanuel E. Garcia of the composers/pianists "Rachmaninov and Scriabin" [see immediately below].

2. Rachmaninov and Skryabin
downloadRachScriabinPsaRev.pdf

The article "Rachmaninoff and Scriabin: Creativity and Suffering in Talent and Genius," by Emanuel E. Garcia, was published in June 2004 in The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 91 No. 3.

A treatise on sources of information about the relationship between the psychotherapeutic and the artistic processes.

In Garcia's words:

Among creative people there is a general and intuitive acceptance of the unconscious and an innate striving for a way to speak about its effects on their artistic activities, and here the possibilities for methodologically sound psychoanalytic applications are immense. (For instance, an experimental study in which I employed the psychoanalytic method as an aid to a classical pianist’s interpretation of a musical composition has yielded promising results (Garcia, unpublished MS); so far as I know it is the first such application of psychoanalysis, and I hope to present these findings in the very near future.)


Check out various musicians playing Scriabin on GooTube here. Here's a great piece:


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