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jung forum: bela bartok’s "bluebeard’s castle": portrait of a haunted mind

This event is open to all bpf members and trainees. It counts as 1.5 CPD hours.

From the outset, it is clear that Bartok’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle is a work of profound interiority, infinitely removed from the gruesome fairy tale by Perrault which bears the same name. It is as if we are allowed, together with his young wife Judith, to enter into the privacy of Bluebeard’s psyche - a psyche which bears more than a passing resemblance to that of the enigmatic composer himself. 

What lies behind each of the seven locked doors? This presentation will focus on musical images which function as living symbols, and will trace motifs of trauma, suffering and obsession through from the opera’s mysterious opening to its unexpected conclusion.


about the speaker

Tia Kuchmy is a Jungian analyst with IGAP, London, who originally trained as a musician at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has a special interest in linking the insights of C.G. Jung with archetypal dynamics in the realm of music and has given talks on a variety of subjects including the music of Michael Tippett, Wagner’s Parsifal, and the music of Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt.  In June 2016 she interviewed the violinist Paul Robertson in the Wigmore Hall as part of GAP’s Vera von der Heydt public lecture series. Tia practises in West Sussex and in Fulham, London.


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