The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius

The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius

Peter Kivy


the concept that of genius intrigues us. inventive geniuses have whatever folks wouldn't have. every now and then that whatever seems a outstanding type of idea that enables the artist to exceed his personal talents. it's as though the artist is unexpectedly possessed, as though a few outdoor strength flows via them in the intervening time of production. In different situations genius turns out top defined as a usual reward. The artist is the possessor of an additional expertise that allows the creation of masterpiece after masterpiece. This e-book explores the idea that of creative genius and the way it got here to be symbolised by means of 3 nice composers of the fashionable period: Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven.

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