Music as Ruled by Primary Processes: Fragmentation


  • Miloš Zatkalik


According to a number of psychoanalysts, music is the closest of all the arts to the unconscious, preverbal primary modes of mental functions. Condensation, displacement, or becoming opposite are typical transformations performed by the unconscious mind. These transformations include fragmentation, which also features prominently in all aspects of music: thematic material, harmonic progressions, formal constructions, and so on.



How to Cite

Zatkalik, M. (2021). Music as Ruled by Primary Processes: Fragmentation. ’’Music in Society’’ The Collection of Papers, (11), 699–727. Retrieved from