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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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Reconstructing Genius

Reconstructing Genius

(p.238) XIII Reconstructing Genius
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter provides some clarifications on the theory of genius. It explains that the basic truth of the genius concept is that getting good ideas cannot be learned, taught, explained, or methodized, and is an intensely personal matter. The chapter also offers arguments against any reductionist theory of genius, and contends that the myths of the possessor and the possessed would outlast all the reductionists to come.

Keywords:   theory of genius, reductionist theory, myths, possessor, possessed

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