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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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Giving the Rule

Giving the Rule

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(p.97) VII Giving 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/9780300087581.003.0007

This chapter examines Immanuel Kant's own theory of genius, suggesting that it can be considered as a re-expression of the Longinian concept, though in highly original terms. It analyzes genius theory in late eighteenth-century Britain and highlights Kant's rejection of the Platonic route of inspiration. The chapter also contends that Kant's concept of the genius as nature's rule-giver to art seemed to be made for the imperious figure of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, theory of genius, Longinian concpept, inspiration, nature's rule-giver, Ludwig van Beethoven

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