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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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Mozart's Second Childhood

Mozart's Second Childhood

(p.149) IX Mozart's Second Childhood
The Possessor and the Possessed

Peter Kivy

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was “Beethovenized” in the first half of the twentieth century. It explains that Beethovenized means that the music of Mozart's which became the most admired was that which exhibited the qualities of power and the infinite that Beethoven's music was seen to exhibit in the Romantic characterization of his genius. The chapter also discusses Soren Kierkegaard's view of Mozart's connection with the daemonic and Antonio Salieri's opinion that Mozart is a genius at the extreme end of a continuum.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, genius, Beethovenized, Soren Kierkegaard, daemonic, Antonio Salieri

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