Is This Famous Opera Really About the Composer's Migraines? - Heather Kathryn Ross

 – December 21, 2013  –– 

At least one work by German composer Richard Wagner was heavily influenced by his crippling migraines. Researchers at the Kiel Headache and Pain Centre in Kiel, Germany, have analyzed Wagner’s opera Siegfried to see how his debilitating headaches shaped the famous piece, which is still performed around the world today. “When you have a migraine, you really can’t do anything else, and people are totally dysfunctional. Besides being light and sound sensitive, they also get worse with movement,” said Mark Green, MD, Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Director of Headache and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
-Dr. Mark Green, Professor, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Director, Headache and Pain Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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