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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Child Prodigy~Musical Genius~Gifted by God (All of the Above!)

It happens all over the world, and when it does, we are amazed, and thrilled. What are we referring to? The amazing musical gift that God gives to very special children. Child prodigy, genius, and many other descriptions are used. We like to think of it as a gift, a blessing from our Lord and Creator. 

Whatever your personal views are, this young girl is nothing short of amazing. Her "CV" is taken from  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and the video below is from Intermezzo with Arik, a classical music program of the Israel Educational Television.

Do take the time to watch the video below. They begin in Hebrew with English Sub-Titles, but switch to English~Yes, she also speaks Hebrew!

Alma Elizabeth Deutscher (born 2005) is a composer, pianist and violinist who lives with her parents in Dorking, Surrey, England. Only eight years old, she has completed her first major composition, the opera The Sweeper of Dreams, which has been highly commended by the English National Opera.

Life and Work
Alma is the daughter of Janie (née Steen), an organ scholar, and Guy Deutscher, an Israeli-born linguist and amateur flautist. According to her father, she could name the notes on a piano when she was two. "For her third birthday I bought her a little violin as a toy," he explains. "She was so excited by it and tried playing on it for days on end, so we decided to try and find her a teacher. Within less than a year she was playing Handel sonatas."  At the age of six she composed her first sonata and in 2012, an opera, The Sweeper of Dreams. Alma explains: "The music comes to me when I’m relaxing. I go and sit down on a seat or lie down. I like thinking about fairies a lot, and princesses, and beautiful dresses."

Her short opera is based on the Neil Gaiman story "The Sweeper of Dreams". The text was adapted from The Calling by Elizabeth Adlington.  It was submitted to a contest run by the English National Opera but missed out on a place in the final.

 *   Sonata in E-flat for piano by Alma Deutscher, aged 6 (composed October 2011).
 *  Andante for Violin by Alma Deutscher (aged 6).
 *   Rondino (trio) in Eb for violin, viola and piano (aged 7).
 *   The Sweeper of Dreams, an opera by Alma Deutscher, aged 7 (composed July 2012).
 *   Quartet movement in A major, aged 7 .
 *  Sonata for viola and piano in C minor (1st movement), aged 8.
 *   Quartet movement in G major, Rondo, aged 8.
 *   The Night Before Christmas, song to words by C. Moore, aged 8.
 *   Two songs from Cinderella: If I believe in love, and Reverie, aged 8.
 *   Sonata for violin and piano (1st movement), aged 8.

* You can see more of Alma's work by Googling Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher~Gifted Composer and Musician~Isn't Our God Wonderful!


Buzzybee said...

I feel that no comments can do justice to this child prodigy, because most of us don't have what it takes to appreciate the fountain or source which is a gift to this being. Only to add that I now understand that we do receive our talents ......some more than others, and we must regognize this.

Anonymous said...

Her father Guy Deutscher recently committed linguistic no-no's:
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