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April 1966

L'école Freudienne devant la musique.

Arch Neurol. 1966;14(4):457. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470100113023

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Freud made several interesting and important attempts to examine works of literature and of painting in the light of psychoanalysis: Sophocles and Leonardo da Vinci were grist to his mill. However, he admitted in his essay "On the Michelangelo of Moses" that he was unable to enjoy music precisely because it resisted such attempts at analysis.

Needless to say, eager disciples have rushed in to fill the hiatus left by the master. André Michel, in this book on the psychoanalysis of music, gives a summary of most of the important papers on this subject and adds some of this own theories. We read of the influence of the emotional lives of composers on their work and of the influence of infantile (and even fetal) memories on the composition and enjoyment of music. As so often with this type of psychoanalytic writing, one puts the book down feeling that one may

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