Abstract

Although much has been written about Mozart's relationship with his father Leopold, this paper focuses on his relationship with his mother, Anna Maria. While on a journey with Mozart to Paris in 1778, Anna Marie became ill and died on July 3. Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Minor, K. 310, composed that summer, is invoked to illustrate how his mental life is represented in his music. Conceptualizing music itself as a point of entry into affective processes, the paper suggests that the formal properties of Mozart's A Minor Piano Sonata open for the listener an aural road to the unconscious on which music and psychoanalysis inform one another.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-7931
Print ISSN
0065-860X
Pages
pp. 23-36
Launched on MUSE
2007-05-07
Open Access
No
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