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Breaking Free: Freud versus Music

Stephen Johnson explores Sigmund Freud's enigmatic relationship with music, talking to Michelle Duncan, Darian Leader, Julie Jaffee Nagel, David Nice and Josep Marco Pallares.

Did Freud really dislike music as much as he professed? Stephen Johnson explores Sigmund Freud's enigmatic relationship with music. He talks to the American cultural analyst Michelle Duncan, pscyho-analysts and writers Darian Leader and Julie Jaffee Nagel, the music critic David Nice, whose first job it was to take tours around the Freud Museum in Hampstead, and the Barcelona-based neurologist Josep Marco Pallares who is studying amusia and music-specific anhedonia, which he proposes might have been the root cause of Freud's problem with music. Plus extracts from Freud's writings read by the actor Nicholas Murchie.

Producer, Elizabeth Arno

Part of Radio 3's "Breaking Free - the minds that changed music", exploring the music of the Second Viennese School.

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