Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti est un opéra emblématique qui propose l'une des plus belles scène de folie ©RonScherl/GettyImages
Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti est un opéra emblématique qui propose l'une des plus belles scène de folie ©RonScherl/GettyImages

[PLAYLIST] Madness in music

In music, the theme of madness takes centre stage in major opera arias, is very common in the Baroque era and often also in the mind of composers, who were not always very mentally sound...

The connections between genius and classical music are complex. The image of the mad composer inspired by his own hallucinations is reflected in only a minute number of major figures in the history of music.

Robert Schumann was apparently one of the rare composers to write while in the grip of madness, a real madness that made him hear melodies both day and night. So intense and painful was his affliction that asked to live out the remainder of his life in an asylum.

Completely sane composers readily find inspiration for their works in the theme of madness. It might play a role in the plot of an opera, or conjure up the universe of dance with La Folia, which inspired hundreds of composers, but here are a few of the finest examples of madness in music.

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