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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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Breaking the Rule

Breaking the Rule

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(p.22) III Breaking the Rule
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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/9780300087581.003.0003

This chapter examines the idea of British composer George Frideric Handel as a symbol of musical or artistic genius. It suggests that journalist Joseph Addison's article about Handel's genius marked the real beginning of the British fascination with the concept in the eighteenth century, which ultimately had its full philosophical payoff in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment. The chapter also discusses the re-expression and reformulation of the Longinian concept of natural genius during Handel's lifetime.

Keywords:   George Frideric Handel, musical genius, artistic genius, Joseph Addison, Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, natural genius

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