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Read the story of this 10 yr old prodigy!
#1286427 10/13/09 10:56 PM
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If I had the money, I'd give him the acoustical piano his family can't afford. He *needs* to have one, poor little guy!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...as-10-hailed-Britains-answer-Mozart.html


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plays88skeys #1286436 10/13/09 11:07 PM
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someone will buy him one - how exciting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMIVx6k9_D8&feature=related


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Thanks for the link Apple. My heart goes out to this kid. When i was little we were soooo poor( I knew at 5 years old,i could play even though i did not have lessons)my parents could not afford a piano or lessons. I pray he gets the help he needs. I think i am going to call that newspaper in England to see if they can put me in touch with his dad. Maybe there is some way i can help. God bless this child! This child is a special gift from God. My heart goes out to him.



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Well, here's one point for the nature side of the nature vs. nurture debate. And to think yesterday I was proud of myself for picking out the melody of The Simpson's theme all by myself...


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Apple, that link you provided is not the same boy - same name, different boy!

Here's the only clip of the real boy I could find: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7iIZXtpIb8&feature=fvw


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I hate how this story is portrayed. You aren't even given five seconds to listen to the boy's actual playing because the commentator keeps babbling about Mozart. Also, I don't like how people need to compare gifted people to Mozart all the time. Lastly, I am not sure if Mozart's sonata facile is the best piece to showcase the boy's alleged ingenious talent. Having said this, he seems to have great talent. Hopefully he'll be given the chance to fully develop it in his life.

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you have to wonder what prompted the news story. someone went to the media, but why? in hopes that a piano would be donated?

we held a fundraiser here years ago to buy a piano for a needy child. whatever happened to those funds? should we do that again for this child?


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Originally Posted by piqué

we held a fundraiser here years ago to buy a piano for a needy child. whatever happened to those funds? should we do that again for this child?


The piano was purchased and pictures of it with the owner were posted. He's popped by a few times since then. Can't seem to find the thread though.


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Brad from Tn was the young man who received a piano from the folks donating at PW. Sally Phillips was involved and helped him. I taught a few online lessons with him.

It has now been a while since we have heard anything.

Hey Brad, are you still around? Still playing? Got any updates for us?



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It was Brad from Kentucky, lilylady. wink login name: BradKy Haven't heard from him in a long while. Hope he's still playing.

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Terry let us know if you make any in-roads. Maybe as a group we could cut a deal with a piano mfg.








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Seiler fan, did you actually take the time to read the in-depth article I posted a link to, or are you passing judgment based solely on a television news clip? If not, I hope you will, because it will give you greater understanding of this little boy's amazing gift.

I'm guessing the news producer chose that Mozart for him to play.


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On one hand, we have trophy Steinways that collect dust.
Here we have a kid who deserves one.

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Originally Posted by plays88skeys
Seiler fan, did you actually take the time to read the in-depth article....

I did and it is much better than the clip. However, I just don't like the media spiel that surrounds this feature. Why do people need to feel obliged to see in this little guy a "reincarnation" (I quote from the comment section) of Mozart? Most highly-gifted wunderkinder are no Mozarts which does not detract from their amazing gift.

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I suspect to reinforce their belief and statement that the child is not the run-of-the-mill piano plucker. Perhaps his ability to compose as well as play, at such an early age, demands an association with a predecessor of known weight to properly qualify such a talent. But, to call him Mozart's reincarnation would be premature at the very least. Not, to be confused with Mozart inspired... which could be the case.








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The story is kind of silly in its comparisons and over rating the kid's ability. By way of comparison to real ability and talent, Haochen Zhang, winner of this year's Van Cliburn competition, gave of recital of all the Bach Inventions and sonatas by classical composers when he was seven. The kid doesn't look like he could handle a single Invention. The only reason there's a story is because of the kid's poverty.

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Instead of suggesting that he's the next Mozart they should just use "the next great composer".


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
The story is kind of silly in its comparisons and over rating the kid's ability. By way of comparison to real ability and talent, Haochen Zhang, winner of this year's Van Cliburn competition, gave of recital of all the Bach Inventions and sonatas by classical composers when he was seven. The kid doesn't look like he could handle a single Invention. The only reason there's a story is because of the kid's poverty.


Probably not a fair comparison as according to the source this child has had little formal training.








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My guess is that the media uses the Mozart analogy because while their readers may not be musically educated, just about everyone has heard of Mozart and can readily understand the comparison.


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The story is kind of silly in its comparisons and over rating the kid's ability. By way of comparison to real ability and talent, Haochen Zhang, winner of this year's Van Cliburn competition, gave of recital of all the Bach Inventions and sonatas by classical composers when he was seven. The kid doesn't look like he could handle a single Invention. The only reason there's a story is because of the kid's poverty.


Probably not a fair comparison as according to the source this child has had little formal training.


I think it said he has had at least a year of lessons. In terms of his playing ability after a year, he's nothing special. At ten he plays far worse than Zhang did at less than 7 years age. The bottom line is that even if the boy has had no lessons(not the case), his playing is nothing special.

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