Debussy: Between Life and Death (Psychoanalytic Fantasy)


The paper represents an attempt of applying psychoanalytic approach to a musical composition. By means of analysis of vocal piece by Debussy the author shows the presence of the principles and indications of dream, as they are set forth in S. Freud’s theory, in the work of art. In the course of study the mechanisms of dream-work (such as condensation, displacement and so on) are revealed in the piece under consideration and an attempt is made to penetrate its concealed content.