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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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The Genius and the Child

The Genius and the Child

(p.57) V The Genius and the Child
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the concept of the child-genius exemplified by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It explains that Immanuel Kant is responsible for the Romantic version of the Platonic genius, and suggests that the most influential and familiar notion in Kant's philosophy of beauty is the notion of disinterestedness. The chapter also discusses the early formulations of the doctrine of disinterested perception of the beautiful and Arthur Schopenhauer's concept of genius.

Keywords:   child-genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Immanuel Kant, Platonic genius, philosophy of beauty, notion of disinterestedness, Arthur Schopenhauer

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