The Psychology of a Musical Prodigy

The Psychology of a Musical Prodigy

The Psychology of a Musical Prodigy

The Psychology of a Musical Prodigy

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This work, the first of its kind, is an attempt to portray the development of a richly endowed artist, from his earliest youth up to a certain definite period of his existence, to analyse his artistic and intellectual capabilities, and to unite these into an integral whole.

There have been works without number dealing with the youth of artists, and the craze for the telling of anecdotes and the recording and inventing of peculiarities, has served to add to their profusion, until a more than sufficient record of the development of great men has been bequeathed to us. This record also includes many of their very early works. But, even if these traditions were authenticated in a more trustworthy manner than they usually are, they are disconnected and full of gaps, and cannot be compared with a careful observation of a single artistic personality, carried out with due regard to all the essential phenomena.

The same holds good of works dealing primarily with premature artistic development. Here, also, a continuous record of artistic creation, as revealed to us by the close observation of creative activity, affords us an insight into artistic development, which is important not only for the elucidation of the problem of the particular individuality concerned, but also for establishing general principles of artistic creation.

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