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(1977). American Imago. XXXII, 1975: The Dreams of Beethoven. Maynard Solomon. Pp. 113-144.. Psychoanal Q., 46:349.
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(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:349

American Imago. XXXII, 1975: The Dreams of Beethoven. Maynard Solomon. Pp. 113-144.

As is well documented, Beethoven had a delusional fantasy of being of royal blood, the natural son of a king of Prussia. Solomon contends that this delusion and an unconscious fantasy of being illegitimate are related to the death of his brother, Ludwig Maria, at six days of age, one year before Beethoven's own birth. Solomon's analysis of the four dreams Beethoven left in his correspondence is that they portray with increasing clarity a primal scene fantasy in which a child is being conceived. The dreams are understood to express Beethoven's wish to return to infancy, his identification with Ludwig Maria, and his attempts to bring him back to life.

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(1977). American Imago. XXXII, 1975. Psychoanal. Q., 46:349

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