Tell Me, How Is It That I Poisoned Your Soup?

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Composed by
Louis Goldford
bass, bass clarinet, bass flute, bassoon, cello, french horn, oboe, percussion, piano, trumpet, viola, violin
With electronics
Real-time interaction, Computer assisted composition, Sound spatialization
Work premiered
March 2019
Venue of the premiere
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York (United States)
13 minutes

Your psychiatric patient won’t eat the soup in the hospital because they swear you’ve poisoned it. How would you convince them it isn’t poisoned — and that they must eat? 

Here Edgar Levenson asks what constitutes an effective psychoanalytic treatment. For him, some approach analysis from a God-like position, telling patients about their own delusions. But a successful approach concentrates on how external factors trigger very real distortions and fantasy processes, including the actual physician/patient interaction. In this way, an interpersonal analyst would begin not from an authorial position but by genuinely asking, “What was it that *I* did to poison that soup?” (...more info at 1st Link...)

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