Great Conversations of the Century: Mahler and Freud. An evening with Norman Lebrecht
In August 1910, the great composer Gustav Mahler, terrified that his wife was about to leave him for a younger man, arranged to see Sigmund Freud in an attempt to save his marriage. The two men met at Leyden in Holland and talked for over four hours, the longest therapeutic session Freud ever gave. The conversation changed Mahler's life and, probably, Freud's as well. Drawing on a transcript taken by one of Freud's disciples, Norman Lebrecht pieces together exactly what was said that day between two men of genius.
Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and other publications. His many books have been translated into 17 languages. His most recent work is Why Mahler? His first novel, The Song of Names, won the Whitbread Award in 2003.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. Ticket price to include a glass of wine or soft drink.