aka The Frazzled Mom
Rachmaninov (Sergei Rachmaninoff) Piano Concerto No 2 – Moderato, a sweeping, romantic mixture of piano and orchestra. My favorite of combinations!
I think the thing the struck me when I first learned of Rachmaninoff, was that he was living in the 20th century. Piano Concerto No 2 was a favorite of my grandmother’s, my mother’s and my godmother’s.
Would you believe that Rachmaninoff suffered as all artists do, whether composers, painters, fashion designers or authors? Critiques. We love them and hate them.
It’s been said he’d performed one of his compositions while in the company of Leo Tolstoy (wow). After the performance, according to the story, Tolstoy didn’t have anything nice to say, but said it anyway. (Didn’t his mother teach him anything?) And, like most artists are oft to do, Rachmaninoff took it to heart. The harsh criticism supposedly caused a “writers” block (wouldn’t it be composer’s block?). As the story continues, Rachmaninoff, with the help of a psychiatrist, used autosuggestion to aid in his overcoming the block and eventually composing his Piano Concerto No 2.
The idea of using autosuggestion, or rather a positive mantra, over and over, day after day…would that really help overcome any negative thoughts within? If I were self-critical, would I be able to change my thought process through the means of autosuggestion?
Have you tried something like that? Do you have post-it notes with positive quotes or do you talk to yourself in the mirror with positive affirmations? Let me know if this works for you!