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Oremland, J.D. (1975). An Unexpected Result of the Analysis of a Talented Musician. Psychoanal. St. Child, 30:375-407.

(1975). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 30:375-407

An Unexpected Result of the Analysis of a Talented Musician

Jerome D. Oremland, M.D.


The analysis of a young, talented, professional musician is presented. Factors which influenced his choice of instrument and the function it and music served in his development are discussed in detail.

As the many defensive purposes the instrument and music served were uncovered in the analysis, at a point heralded by a striking castration dream, his talented playing was severely affected. In the ensuing months, the analysis reached a greater clarity, and for the first time he discovered an ability to compose.

The various psychological meanings of his instrument are discussed. The change from playing the music of others to creating original music is viewed in terms of dynamic shifts related to transitional phenomena. Several hypotheses are offered with regard to the genetic origins of the patient's unusual abilities, and certain distinctions are made between his talent and his creativity.

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