Thursday, 13 September 2007
"The Profound Logic"

Another new event has come under the banner of Sibelius & Beyond. The latest 'Inner Circle Seminar' in London's Regent's Park focuses on Sibelius' meeting with Mahler in Helsinki, 1907, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of that discussion and the 50th anniversary of Sibelius' death.

Alessandra Comini, Sarah Menin, Anthony Stadlen and Antti Vihinen conduct "The Profound Logic" - Symphony and Psychotherapy - Sibelius & Mahler: Helsinki 1907

Sibelius said they had discussed the great questions of music with "life and death" intensity. Sibelius said that he had praised the symphony for "the profound logic that creates an inner connection between all the motives", but that Mahler had said:  "No! The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything. The link between the revolution in music in the first decade of the twentieth century and psychoanalysis is well known. Mahler consulted Freud in 1910, and Freud said he had never met anyone who understood psychoanalysis so quickly. Sibelius was also well informed on these developments, and called his fourth a "psychological" symphony.

Are Sibelius's and Mahler's notions of symphony truly contradictory? Is authentic psychotherapy a kind of symphony, that reveals both a person's being-in-the-world and the profound logic that connects all its motives?

23 September 2007; 10am - 5pm Room F, Acland Building, Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1Cost: Students £88, others £110 in advance. Some bursaries, no refunds unless seminar cancelled. Contact: Anthony Stadlen, 'Oakleigh', 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE; 020 8888 6857, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it