But for better or worse, I like being reminded that superhuman geniuses weren’t necessarily super in every regard. Maybe because it gives the rest of us hope or reassurance? Plus, it’s too easy to typecast artists into archetypes, like so:
Paragon: Bach, Verdi, Palestrina, Beethoven
Punk: Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner, Boulez
Batshit: Schumann, Scriabin, Ravel
…regardless of historical truth. Which is inevitably more interesting.