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The Possessor and the PossessedHandel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius$
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Peter Kivy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300087581

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300087581.001.0001

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Odd Men Out

Odd Men Out

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The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter explains why composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn were not included in this study of musical genius in modern times. It suggests that Bach and Haydn, in their lives and persons, cannot be made to fit the profile of either of the two dominant genius myths: the possessor or the possessed. The chapter mentions that the documents of Bach's life have little to do with the glories of art while the story of Haydn's life cannot be made to fit into either the myth of the Platonic prodigy or the Longinian superman.

Keywords:   Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, composers, musical genius, genius myths, possessor, possessed

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