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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 Little Man from Salzburg

The Little Man from Salzburg

(p.78) VI The Little Man from Salzburg
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Arthur Schopenhauer's work on the genius of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It discusses his The World as Will and Representation and suggests that the legend of Mozart was fully formed when Schopenhauer adduced Mozart for his illustration of genius as the perpetual child. The chapter also explains that Mozart became the aesthetic symbol of Schopenhauer's Romanticized Platonic genius: the genius not merely as the madman, or the possessed, but as the eternal youth.

Keywords:   Arthur Schopenhauer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, perpetual child, Platonic genius, possessed, eternal youth

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