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This publication experiences the effect of incapacity and ideas of incapacity on composers, performers, and listeners with disabilities, in addition to on discourse approximately track and works of track themselves. Composers with disabilities and the severe reception in their track -- Musical narratives of incapacity conquer : Beethoven -- Musical narratives of incapacity accommodated : Schubert -- Musical narratives of stability misplaced and regained : Schoenberg and Webern -- Musical narratives of the fractured physique : Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, and Copland -- incapacity inside music-theoretical traditions -- acting track and appearing incapacity -- Prodigious listening to, general listening to, and disablist listening to

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Listeners have responded to his music, especially his late music, in four reasonably distinct ways: Ostwald (1985), clearly the most prolific contributor to this list of diagnoses, also argues that Schumann “had what seems to have been a severely divided self. . Today we would call this a ‘narcissistic’ or ‘borderline’ personality disorder” (305). 36. On malaria and tuberculosis, see Neumayr (1995). Syphilis is a common although hotly disputed diagnosis for Schumann. See, among many others, Sams (1971) and Walker (1976).

In particular, he began to play the organ, with such great dexterity—always accurately, however—and with such expressiveness that he far surpassed any organist in living memory. 9 Landini’s blindness and music are both thus seen in light of the divine, one as an affliction and the other as a mercy. 10 7. For this point, and much of the supporting evidence, I am indebted to Singer (2010). 8. A portative organ is one “small enough to be carried or placed on a table, usually with only one set of pipes” (Harvard Dictionary of Music).

Blindness is thus a physical condition that actuates its own negation (through compensation), giving rise to new intellectual and practical abilities. [ 22 ] Extraordinary Measures While I was sitting in the garden one evening with Delius, the declining rays of the sun were falling upon a border in such a way that the flowers seemed to have become more ethereal than real. I remarked to him that I wished that he could see them at the moment. I upbraided myself for the tactless remark as soon as it was out of my mouth.

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