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6 May 2013

When Mahler Met Freud
On what would have been Sigmund Freud's 157th birthday today, we're reminded of the little-known meeting between the father of psychoanalysis and our own one-time Music Director Gustav Mahler (whose music reveled in angst and conflict).
The two titans of Austrian culture had a session in 1910, the year before Mahler’s death, when the composer was at a particularly low point, grappling with the knowledge of his wife’s attraction to a younger man and the death of his beloved four-and-a-half-year-old daughter a few years prior. The two spoke over a four-hour walk during  their first and only meeting. Freud is reported to have remarked later on that Mahler (who one said “My need to express myself musically — symphonically — begins at the point where the dark feelings hold sway, at the door which leads to the other world — the world in which things are no longer separated by time and space.”) possessed an insight into psychoanalysis like no other.

When Mahler Met Freud

On what would have been Sigmund Freud's 157th birthday today, we're reminded of the little-known meeting between the father of psychoanalysis and our own one-time Music Director Gustav Mahler (whose music reveled in angst and conflict).

The two titans of Austrian culture had a session in 1910, the year before Mahler’s death, when the composer was at a particularly low point, grappling with the knowledge of his wife’s attraction to a younger man and the death of his beloved four-and-a-half-year-old daughter a few years prior. The two spoke over a four-hour walk during  their first and only meeting. Freud is reported to have remarked later on that Mahler (who one said “My need to express myself musically — symphonically — begins at the point where the dark feelings hold sway, at the door which leads to the other world — the world in which things are no longer separated by time and space.”) possessed an insight into psychoanalysis like no other.

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    “My need to express myself musically … begins at the point where the dark feelings hold sway" — Mahler, Mahler, Mahler.
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    Can’t argue with that! I just sometimes get annoyed by psychology’s “rawr I is important science and must scoff at...
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    Dude, modern culture and society as a whole would do well to appreciate the artistic perspective more. :)
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