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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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An Unlicked Bear

An Unlicked Bear

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(p.119) VIII An Unlicked Bear
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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/9780300087581.003.0008

This chapter provides a philosophical interpretation of the conception of composer Ludwig van Beethoven as a genius. It suggests that the genius myth which was built up by the German and French Romantics around the figure of Beethoven has, naturally enough, two separate but interrelated aspects: a characterization of the man; and a characterization of the music. The chapter describes the Romantic picture of Beethoven as the Longinian genius and his whole characterization as a Longinian genius in the Kantian mode.

Keywords:   Ludwig van Beethoven, genius, Longinian genius, Kantian mode

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