Schumann, Robert - Nocturne
Type of Spiritual Experience
And here we have a youtube video of Schumann's Nachtstücke
A description of the experience
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L,
Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul
Let us notice in passing a curious passage of Schumann’s. In a letter written in the year 1833, to Clara Wiek, he relates what follows:
I must tell you of a presentiment which I have just had: it has haunted me from the twenty-fourth to the twenty-seventh of March, while I was absorbed in my new compositions.
There is a certain passage which obsessed me, and some one seemed to repeat after me, from the depths of his heart: “Ach, Gott!”
While I was composing I saw funereal things, coffins, despairing faces. When I had finished I sought for a title. The only one that came to my mind was: Leichenphantasie (Funereal Fantasy). Wasn’t it extraordinary? I was so much upset that tears came to my eyes; I really did not know why; it was impossible for me to discover a reason for this sadness. Then came Therese’s letter and everything was explained.
His sister-in-law wrote him that his brother Edward had just died. Schumann gave the name of Nachtstücke (Nocturne) to this piece which he had at first wished to call Leichenphantasie.
The source of the experienceSchumann, Robert
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsCommunication with bodied souls
Activities and commonsteps
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L, (1922) Death and its mystery: before death, proofs of the existence of the soul, London T.Fisher Unwin, Ltd