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CBS 60 Minutes: Musical Prodigy

Remarkable episode showing the growth of a girl's musical genius from 3 to age 12, when her opera based on Cinderella is rehearsed for performance by a full orchestra: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-...age-is-mozart/. There's a video insert near the end showing an instant piano composition based on four notes drawn from a hat by the CBS reporter. -- John
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Remarkable episode showing the growth of a girl's musical genius from 3 to age 12, when her opera based on Cinderella is rehearsed for performance by a full orchestra: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-...age-is-mozart/. There's a video insert near the end showing an instant piano composition based on four notes drawn from a hat by the CBS reporter. -- John
Truly remarkable, truly a child prodigy!

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I saw the show on Sunday and was stunned by the sheer genius of the 12 year old girl. Seeing what child prodigy's like her can accomplish is so uplifting to me. As the journalist said at the beginning of the show, we have no idea how the brain functions!

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We've seen these types of kids before, with staggering, other-worldly musical talent, but usually they're of the "idiot savant" category - severely stunted socially and unable to function normally in society. It's almost like the "normal" parts of the brain are sacrificed to the prodigal genius parts. But Alma appeared to be a perfectly normal, if preternaturally bright 12 year old girl - happy, pretty and well-adjusted. It will be fascinating to see her develop into a teenager and beyond, and what she may be able to accomplish as her talents blossom further.
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Shame that most of the people who watched Sunday's broadcast will not be around to watch her receive her lifetime achievement award.
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I loved the part when they were talking about her having a series of composers in her head that she goes to when she needs help.
Truly remarkable, a real prodigy!
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We've seen these types of kids before, with staggering, other-worldly musical talent, but usually they're of the "idiot savant" category - severely stunted socially and unable to function normally in society. It's almost like the "normal" parts of the brain are sacrificed to the prodigal genius parts. But Alma appeared to be a perfectly normal, if preternaturally bright 12 year old girl - happy, pretty and well-adjusted. It will be fascinating to see her develop into a teenager and beyond, and what she may be able to accomplish as her talents blossom further.
Yes, 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl, who presumably plays piano, seems fascinated by prodigies and I still recall her reports on both types. Googled her coverage of Alex, a savant able to play any music he hears just once. Couldn't locate her program about a young boy with talents and normalacy similar to Alma shown composing a symphony on a PC while attending Julliard in NYC. [EDIT: Update. think this is the guy].-- John
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Never seen brighter eyes than Alma's.

According to some Eastern/New Age philosophies, they claim she could indeed be conversing with/getting inspiration from independent sentient composers "in her head"

Perhaps she has a direct connection to the "astral plane" and its denizens....

http://www.worlditc.org/f_02_macy_sp...d_realms_0.htm

...or not



Having well educated, intelligent (genetic predisposition) plus nurturing parents might have something to do with it too...

The old Nature vs Nurture meme, coupled with some form of "divine" inspiration, depending on your beliefs.

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