The new Mozart

Of course, there are more important things than the beauty which Alma Deutscher is bestowing on the world, presently an ugly place in need of more beautiful art.

She’s 12 years old and was featured last night on CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast, host Scott Pelley acknowledging that humankind doesn’t know enough about the brain to understand why she’s a virtuoso on the piano and the violin and why she’s been able to compose an opera and why she hears notes in her head the way the rest of us hear words.

In fact, she could read music before she could read words, The Telegraph says.

You’ll have a hard time today spending a better 12 minutes than this.

“I sent her some assignments when she was six, seven, where I expected her to crash and burn, because they were very difficult,” a music professor said. “It came back, it was like listening to a mid-18th century composer.”

Pick four notes out of a hat, and she can make something of it.

She’s been the subject of an hour-long documentary on the BBC.

She’s not an expert in everything, mind you. Her parents say she has trouble tying her shoes.

  • Dang kids and their music!

    /Thanks for this, Bob. She truly is amazing…

  • Al

    A half-hour later, and that piece is STILL stuck in my head.

  • Bridget L.

    I want to be a first Alma. I can’t believe how centered she is. Props to her parents for surrounding her with the mentors that she has. And for being great parents.

    • There’s a segment in the BBC doc where she’s working with the conductor and the orchestra on her piece — the conductor alternating between German and English — that is BEYOND delightful.

  • Doug

    I watched that segment and could only shake my head; how can a 12 y.o. be not only so talented but also so mature and aware? Truly amazing.

  • dukepowell

    Wow……

  • dukepowell

    I have a 7 yr old autistic granddaughter who amazes me every day.

    Having said that, Alma Deutscher is not autistic.

    She is something else……