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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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Greatness of Mind

Greatness of Mind

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(p.13) II Greatness of Mind
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The Possessor and the Possessed
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Peter Kivy

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300087581.003.0002

This chapter examines the history of the concept of the greatness of the mind, suggesting that it may be attributed to Longinus of Palmyra in his work On the Sublime. It explains that Longinus believed that sublimity was the true ring of a noble mind and that a great style is the natural outcome of weighty thoughts. The chapter also mentions that he rejected the notion that strokes of genius are spoiled by the application of rule and precept.

Keywords:   greatness of the mind, Longinus of Palmyra, On the Sublime, sublimity, noble mind, weighty thoughts, rule and precept

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