In the Spring of 1910, Mahler went for a consultation with Sigmund Freud giving him an account of his strange states of mind and his anxieties. Mahlers complex life and family background and the extraordinary creative environment in Vienna in the early 20th Century led to groundbreaking artistic achievement. Freud was not a music lover he only enjoyed Mozarts opera, The Magic Flute - but his ideas were revolutionary and had a profound philosophical effect on music.
The lecture will explore the creative environment in Vienna at the beginning of the Twentieth Century and look at the ways Mahlers personality and beliefs are expressed in the music.
The concert will be a performance of the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde.