Music, Mourning and Creativity; illustrated by a live performance of Bach's Chaconne

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With Anthea Gomez (Psychoanalyst) and Sara Trickey (Violinist), In Conversation: Francis Grier

Music, Mourning and Creativity
Pleasing Sorrows and Grateful Terrors; A psychoanalytic exploration of the containing function of music, with live illustrations from the Chaconne for solo violin from the Partita in D minor by Bach.

Saturday 11th November 2023
1:00pm - 4:30pm (GMT)

Anthea Gomez, Psychoanalyst and Sara Trickey, Violinist

In conversation with Francis Grier
Chair: David Bell

In person only at The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Artwork thanks to Stephen Court

Psychoanalysis, with its explorations into the unconscious workings of the earliest manifestations of psychic life, has the unique capacity to imaginatively enter the world of music and its creative productions. Music on its side, can inform the work of Psychoanalysis, sharing the same emotional fabric and temporal qualities as psychic life and acting as a container for previously unsymbolized experience.

In a rich and thought-provoking paper, the psychoanalyst Anthea Gomez explores the links between the two, using Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in D minor for solo violin, Bion's theory of Containment, Hanna Segal’s Theory of Aesthetics and contemporary writings on music and the. Musical illustrations of these explorations will be played by violinist Sara Trickey, who will then perform the Chaconne in its entirety.

The conversation will continue in the Panel where we will be joined by Francis Grier. The audience will be invited to participate and ask questions.

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November 11th, 2023 1:00 PM through  4:30 PM
Institute of Psychoanalysis
Byron House
112a Shirland Road
London W9 2BT
United Kingdom
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Concession (in person only) £ 40.00
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