Nikolai Dahl therapy

After Reviewers Ravaged Sergei Rachmaninoff ,The Composer Turned to Hypnosis

After Reviewers Ravaged Sergei Rachmaninoff ,The Composer Turned to Hypnosis

In the book “Lady Windermere's Fan,” Oscar Wilde’s Lord Darlington says a critic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Reviewers at the time had the power to devalue art with a quip. Artists, and people in general, can be sensitive to criticism. The great Russian composer Seigei Rachmaninoff was so traumatized by bad reviews of his First Symphony, he shut himself off from writing altogether. Had it not been for the work of the pioneering hypnotist Nikolai Dahl, Rachmaninoff may never have composed his “Second Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 18.