Maudsley Lecture | Composition at a critical time: Debussy, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Piano and cello recital - with psychoanalytic perspectives.

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Composition at a critical time: Debussy, Chopin and Rachmaninov Piano and cello recital - with psychoanalytic perspectives.
18 July 2022
Ann Sloboda 
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Doors open at 6.30pm

In Person Only
St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street SE5 8RB
Chaired by: Anne Patterson & Emma Hotopf  

A recital for piano and cello with Ann Sloboda and Richard Bolton

The programme will comprise:

Sonata For Violoncello and Piano Claude Debussy  (1862-1918)
Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2 Frederick Chopin (1810-1849)  
Sonata in G minor op 19 for cello and piano (1st movement) Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

These are three masterpieces by composers undergoing crises in their lives. The first two pieces were composed late in the composers’ lives at a time when they were very ill. The third is by a younger composer who was emerging from a psychological breakdown.

Recent psychoanalytic writing (Grier, 2019 and Kennedy, 2020) has highlighted how the culture of contemporary psychoanalysis is giving far more attention to the value of the non-verbal and musical aspects in psychoanalytic communication. They highlight three influential theories that have steered psychoanalytic thinking into a musical dimension: Bion’s notion of reverie (1962), Winnicott’s idea of transitional space (1953), and Stern’s concept of affect attunement (1985), which emphasise the importance of non-verbal phenomena and relational responses. 

Following the recital, there will be the opportunity for those attending to discuss their responses and experiences - and a glass of wine.

Concession tickets are available, for students, BPAS candidates and NHS trainees. Please email if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession ticket.

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July 18th, 2022 7:00 PM through  8:30 PM
St Giles Church
Camberwell Church Street
London, London SE5 8RB
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard In Person £ 25.00
Concession In Person £ 15.00
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Standard In Person £ 25.00
Concession In Person £ 15.00