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Monday, January 24, 2005 ...in 200 years
"Talented composers might write five or six symphonies in a lifetime. But Jay has written five at the age of 12"
Five full-length symphonies.
Prasad pointed me to this "unbelievable" story of a prodigy. Jay Greenberg or "Bluejay" as he likes to be called, is being compared to past geniuses as Mozart and Beethoven. He is supposedly "the greatest talent to come along in 200 years". His parents are no music professionals. They recall those early sparks:
"I think, around 2, when he started writing, and actually drawing instruments, we knew that he was fascinated with it," says Orna [mother]. "He managed to draw a cello and ask for a cello, and wrote the word cello. And I was surprised, because neither of us has anything to do with string instruments. And I didn’t expect him to know what it [a cello] was."
Curious how this genius-thing works. Everything seems to have worked as though he was destined to be different and beyond comprehension. Wasnt music like other art forms, created by man? He wasnt initiated or anything, yet had asked for a cello and played it and had even said early on "I’m gonna be dead if I am not composing. I have to compose. This is all I want to do". He could channelize different music that his brain processes, and he doesnt revise his compositions even. "It just usually comes right the first time."
Or maybe he is just a fast learner. *wink*
Read the complete story.
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Makes one wonder at child prodigies, doesn't it? The honors should really be for the parents, who didn't beat their kid into a "normal kid" mould, but allowed him to be himself ...
By 4:29 AM, at
truly amazing. these are really gifts, apart from the hard work.
didn't beat their kid into a "normal kid" mouldGood point . Possibly, several geniuses are hiding out there [and they probably comment anonymously ;) ].
I am still not convinced by child progidies. Most of them fade away. My limited knowledge in sports says most of them flatter to deceive. Probably chess is an exception and many may argue chess is not sport.
Anand, your assessment reminds the long debated "Nature or Nurture" topic.