A Special View from the Couch: The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary(read the full article and post a reply!)

September 3, 2012 4 Comments

Join the Reel Deal and the APT for a world premiere event on Saturday, September 8 at 6:30:  “The Juilliard String Quartet:  Keepting Beethoven Contemporary.”  Dr. Julie Nagel (psychoanalyst, author) and Dr. Louis Nagel (professor of piano at U of M and performer)–both Juilliard graduates-invite you to read their comments of the Michael Blackwood film which will be posted here after the performance.  Please join in this online discussion generated from this special evening which also(of course) includes a special performance by the Juilliard String Quartet.  What a wonderful opportunity to learn and discuss!

View from the Couch
4 Comments to “A Special View from the Couch: The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary(read the full article and post a reply!)”
  1. Julie Jaffee Nagel says:

    As a graduate of both The Juilliard School and The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, it is a pleasure to look forward to the Juilliard String Quartet’s performance and Documentary movie this Saturday at Chamber Music Society. It also a treat to share this blog with you – readers and music lovers – about the fascinating intersections between musical and psychoanalytic ideas. There are many overlaps in being tuned in to what we hear, say, and feel……. See you at the concert. And start blogging.

  2. We’re so pleased to welcome members and friends of the Reel Deal to the opening night of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s new season. We look forward to seeing you at the film and concert and to reading your comments afterwards. Enjoy!

    Willa Walker
    Administrative & Marketing Director
    Chamber Music Society of Detroit

  3. Robert MacDonell says:

    Greetings to Julie Nagel, all APT and MPS members, Reel Deal participants, MPI students, and followers of this website,

    I want to thank Julie for her willingness to be our muse and guide for The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary, a premier event and collaboration between the Reel Deal, APT and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. I am especially grateful to her for the gift of her time and talents to provide us with insight and commentary in this Special View from the Couch blog. For anyone fascinated by music, the mysteries of the mind, and the human condition, I can think of no better way to immerse oneself simultaneously in all of them than by attending this event which combines the visual and auditory delights of film and musical performance, with the insights of psychoanalysis.
    The mission of the APT is to seek to enrich our members’ professional and personal lives through exploration of psychoanalytic principles in clinical work, the arts and humanities, and everyday life. In addition to being a form of therapy, psychoanalysis is a comprehensive theory of the mind, and as such it can enrich understanding of our own life experiences and those of others in literature, visual arts, and performance arts. Music has a compelling effect on our moods and feelings, from soaring heights to the depths of despair.
    I hope those of you reading this will join us on Sept.8th for a unique and exciting experience, and follow Julie on this blog for her commentary and reflection at the intersection of music, film and psychoanalysis.

    Robert MacDonell
    President, APT

  4. Julie Jaffee Nagel says:

    Well, it’s the day after. If you weren’t at the Juilliard String Quartet Concert last night presented by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit – you missed a fantastic opportunity to hear Beethoven performed by The Juilliard String Quartet. The audience could not contain themselves at the conclusion of the concert, rising spontaneously and in unisoon to a rousing standing ovation. It was a concert that demanded much from the players and from audience alike. Late Beethoven does that – his music reaches deep into himself and into the listener. It is not an easy evening of listening. One does not leave such an experience unmoved or uninvolved.

    Sitting in the audience, I was reminded of coming of musical age at Juilliard as I got to hear the Juilliard String Quartet – different players in those years, of course. The quartet begin in 1946 with the idea of making masterworks feel new and new compositions feel like masterworks.

    They have carried a torch and a banner for music and for Juilliard four musicians who play as one, but each retaining his own musical “self” . They truly have become citizens of the world beyond the concert hall. Their collaboration is a model for collaboration, mutuality, and individuality – concepts familiar to psychoanalysts – who also can take psychoanalytic/clinical ideas beyond the consulting room.

    As a young student at Juilliard years ago, I did not know much about string quartets much less late Beethoven string quartets. I had even less knowledge then about psychoanalysis. What I have come to realize is how much my study of music ncreased my appreciation of the elegance and depth of psychoanalytic ideas and how psychoanalytic ideas have increased my appreciation of music. There is a synergy between the two “arts” – one verbal and one speechless.

    Yet technical terms which I could explore here but choose not to – do not do justice to the effect music has on the listener (not to mention the performer and composer). Words cannot do justice to the feelings and affects evoked by music – yet words are the best we have to try to explore the “magic” of a musical moment or evening. The memories evoked, the feelings aroused, the meaningful experiences that result by being changed by hearing and tuning into our inner selves…….a good psychoanalytic experience by analogy – but from music and without words being spoken

    The film shown at the preconcert event was titled “Keeping Beethoven Contemporary”. Frankly, I have never thought of Beethoven as NOT contemporary…….his music and its message is timeless – as is the unconscious – and while there is much more to say, I will stop here and hope you will add your thoughts to this blog and help keep both Beethoven and psychoanalysis “contemporary”.

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