MUSICAL MEDIUMS

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Compiled  by S NAGARAJAN

Post No.2283

Date: 29 October 2015

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Psychical phenomena

MUSICAL MEDIUMS

SANTHANAM NAGARAJAN

There were Musical Mediums who achieved fame, often being unable to play in a conscious state. But by some unknown force they used to play well in a trance state.

Pepito Ariola, at the age of three and half was introduced in 1900 to the International Psychical Congress as a Spanish infant musical prodigy by Professor Richet.

Professor Dr Charles Richet (born on 26th August 1850) was Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris.

The child started playing piano a year before. With his tiny hands he somehow managed to sound full octaves. His hands appeared to grow while he played. The child played classical pieces.

Blind Tom, a negro child of South Georgia, almost an idiot, played with both hands, using the black and the white keys, on the piano when four years of age. When five years old he composed his Rainstorm and said it was what the rain, wind, thunder had said to him. He could play two tunes on the piano at the same time, one with each hand, while he sang a song in a different air. Each tune was to be a different key as dictated by the audience.

George Aubert, non-professional French musical medium who claimed to play the piano under the control of classical composers. His performance was investigated in 1906 by the ‘Institut General Pscychologique’ in Paris.

Various tests were devised to eliminate conscious operation. They asked him to play a Mozart Sonata blindfolded and started two gramophones at the same time, leading the tubes of them into his ears. He did it to perfection.

In another experiment he continued playing while he read slowly and attentively a philosophical work which was put before him!

The names of the spirit musicians were given as Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner and others.

He never studied harmony, technique or improvisation. Unfortunately his wonderful improvisations were never reproduced and except the records taken at the ‘Institut Psychologique’, are lost.

He told his story of his mediumship himself in La Mediuminte Sprite, Paris, 1920.

In 1903, Count Hammon introduced to London M. De Boyon, a French musical medium to whose extraordinary gift Victorian Sardou, Massenet etc. testified! He had no memory of what he played – with a unique fingering – and he could not play the same thing twice.

All these Musical Mediums could play only through the power of medium. All events were recorded accurately.