12-Year-Old Prodigy Composer

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Incredible story. Part of me envies the kid. And part of me feels bad for him.

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16 Responses to “12-Year-Old Prodigy Composer”

  1. #1 |  Judi | 

    I’m speechless. This kid is incredible.

  2. #2 |  katie | 

    I don’t feel bad for him. But then, I’m weird. It’s not the worst thing ever, no matter how much your indoctrination may tell you it is. ;) At least he has something to show for it!

  3. #3 |  Name Nomad | 

    “This is Jay’s brother He’s… not… a prodigy.”


  4. #4 |  Jesse | 

    Have a doctor prescribe some medical marijuana for the kid and maybe we’ll get the next Rolling Stones too.

  5. #5 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Hey Radley, here’s one for “there oughtta be a law”:


  6. #6 |  David | 

    It is worth noting that the video is from 2004, so he isn’t 12 anymore.

  7. #7 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    I envy him– he’s got all that music, and he enjoys it.

    The news story is mostly about how weird he is compared to other kids, but it seems like good weird to me. He seems to have a sensible, supportive family, and I think he’ll probably do just fine.

  8. #8 |  Juice | 

    A young man wrote to Mozart and said, “Herr Mozart, I am thinking of
    writing symphonies. Can you give me any suggestions as to how to get

    Mozart responded, “A symphony is a very complex musical form, perhaps
    you should begin with some simple lieder and work your way up to a symphony.”

    “But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old.”

    “Yes, but I never asked anybody how.”

  9. #9 |  Marty | 

    amazing. I’m amazed that he’s held himself together at all, much less this well. I hope things work out well for all of them.

  10. #10 |  Sean L. | 

    I’ve always wondered how prolific Mozard would have been with a computer. We may just find out!

  11. #11 |  Sean L. | 

    Sorry .. Mozart. (Damn you flat iPhone keyboard!)

  12. #12 |  Kent | 

    He’s on Facebook….


  13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #5 Michael Chaney

    Hey Radley, here’s one for “there oughtta be a law”:


    The new “crack” cocaine. :-)

    Reminds me of the “rainbow party” hysteria.

  14. #14 |  primus | 

    Snopes says the legend of vodka soaked tampons has been around since at least 1999, and they say it is undetermined whether it is true or not. Seems the tv station was less than professional in fact-checking the story.

  15. #15 |  kishnevi | 

    That is several years old. He’ll be 20 next month, and is currently reading (that’s Britspeak for majoring in) music at Cambridge University.

    As for WAM–much of the stuff he wrote as a young kid was actually arrangements/transcriptions of other composer’s music, and much of the rest was composed with heavy editing and input from his father; in fact a lot of the very stuff with low Koechel numbers should probably be credited to Leopold.

  16. #16 |  Alex | 

    14- Mendelssohn, on the other hand, beat this guy. Symphony no. 1 and the Octet are two of his best compositions.