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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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Beethoven Again

Beethoven Again

(p.175) XI Beethoven Again
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter examines some issues related to the artistic genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. It analyzes what might be called a sociological and political reduction or deconstruction of the notion of Beethoven's genius. The chapter provides some precepts and propositions of what can be considered to be the commonsense notion of musical genius, and suggests that the burden of proof in the case of musical genius is upon the enemy of common sense.

Keywords:   Ludwig van Beethoven, artistic genius, sociological reduction, political reduction, commonsense, musical notion, genius

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