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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

(p.97) VII Giving the Rule
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

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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