After the harsh criticism of the premiere of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff continued to perform on piano, and began to conduct. This debilitating period saw a dampening of his creativity leading to an inability to compose and effectively function for nearly three years.
Finally in 1900, Rachmaninoff sought treatment, and for a period of three months he received an individualised hypnotherapy and psychotherapy program on a daily basis from Dr. Dahl. This ultimately enabled him to begin composing again, get his personal life back on track. Finally, he again put pen to paper with his Second Piano Concerto—completed in May of 1901; dedicated to Dr. Dahl, and performed by Rachmaninoff in November to an enthusiastic audience.
After the success of the concerto, the First Symphony’s failed premiere no longer blocked Rachmaninoff. He was back...soon producing a number of large works, including, in 1907, his Second Symphony.
As the example of Rachmaninoff shows us, depression, self doubt, fear of criticism, fear of failure, are not just afflictions of today’s society, but unfortunately appear to be an inherent fabric of being human down through the ages.
But how long do we, or our loved ones, have to suffer and continue to allow these conditions to prevent us from working, expressing our creativity, building meaningful relationships, enjoying the little details of day to day life and ultimately living the life that we are here to live.
If hypnotherapy was good enough for Rachmaninoff and countless other ‘famous” people, to help them overcome their issues, then surely we deserve the same opportunity?
If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, depression, self-doubt, fear of criticism, fear of failure, hypnotherapy can provide a treatment with individualised programs to ensure that you too can achieve your goals and potential.
I attach a Youtube link, if you want to listen to it in entirety or just skim though it.