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Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies #2909666
11/08/19 04:20 PM
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New album out today from the child prodigy. It’s really quite extraordinary really. I’m listening currently and there are some beautiful melodies, I highly recommend it.

The Apple Music description of her suggests she wrote one of the melodies used at just 4 years old, a piano sonata at 6, opera at 7 and violin concerto at 9. Now just 14 she plays all the music on the album herself.

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Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909679
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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
New album out today from the child prodigy. It’s really quite extraordinary really. I’m listening currently and there are some beautiful melodies, I highly recommend it.

The Apple Music description of her suggests she wrote one of the melodies used at just 4 years old, a piano sonata at 6, opera at 7 and violin concerto at 9. Now just 14 she plays all the music on the album herself.

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We've talked about Alma a lot on PW. Here is one past Alma thread, another, a third, and still a fourth.


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Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909687
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Thanks for the links, I did search before posting but as there’s a new album I thought I’d start a new thread. I’ll have a read through those other threads as I’m interested to know what people think.

Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909688
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Thanks for sharing the info about her new CD—-/ I find her an amazing musician and am putting this CD on my wish list.


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Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909717
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Although she has many talents(singer, pianist, violinist, composer), I don't think she excels in any one of them. Certainly not as a pianist. I find her compositions saccharine and derivative. I think it's partly her personality that makes her so popular.

Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: pianoloverus] #2909739
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Although she has many talents(singer, pianist, violinist, composer), I don't think she excels in any one of them. Certainly not as a pianist. I find her compositions saccharine and derivative. I think it's partly her personality that makes her so popular.


Harsh, considering she wasn’t born until 4 years after you joined this forum! I hadn’t heard about her until today actually so I only have the music on the new album to judge by, but it’s not unpleasant to listen to.

Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909744
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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Although she has many talents(singer, pianist, violinist, composer), I don't think she excels in any one of them. Certainly not as a pianist. I find her compositions saccharine and derivative. I think it's partly her personality that makes her so popular.


Harsh, considering she wasn’t born until 4 years after you joined this forum! I hadn’t heard about her until today actually so I only have the music on the new album to judge by, but it’s not unpleasant to listen to.
The standards for being a great pianist for her age are very high and her pianistic skills are not nearly high enough for that. The main thing that made her famous is her composing but I don't see anything that's significant or original.

Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909770
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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Although she has many talents(singer, pianist, violinist, composer), I don't think she excels in any one of them. Certainly not as a pianist. I find her compositions saccharine and derivative. I think it's partly her personality that makes her so popular.


Harsh, considering she wasn’t born until 4 years after you joined this forum! I hadn’t heard about her until today actually so I only have the music on the new album to judge by, but it’s not unpleasant to listen to.

Perhaps you like it because it has a good melody. Alma really thinks the point of music is melody and has argued that she is sometimes derided for that but she will never give up her melodies.


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Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2909789
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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
New album out today from the child prodigy. It’s really quite extraordinary really. I’m listening currently and there are some beautiful melodies, I highly recommend it.

The Apple Music description of her suggests she wrote one of the melodies used at just 4 years old, a piano sonata at 6, opera at 7 and violin concerto at 9. Now just 14 she plays all the music on the album herself.


Since you are just discovering her music, here is a link to her opera ‘Cinderella’
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ibvaw1eEaDk

And some background on the opera
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8zh0W0As0


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" I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho

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Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: dogperson] #2909793
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Originally Posted by dogperson
Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
New album out today from the child prodigy. It’s really quite extraordinary really. I’m listening currently and there are some beautiful melodies, I highly recommend it.

The Apple Music description of her suggests she wrote one of the melodies used at just 4 years old, a piano sonata at 6, opera at 7 and violin concerto at 9. Now just 14 she plays all the music on the album herself.


Since you are just discovering her music, here is a link to her opera ‘Cinderella’
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ibvaw1eEaDk

And some background on the opera
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8zh0W0As0

As a big opera fan, I am very impressed by her Cinderella. But what version is this one? It is not English or German. Is this in Arabic? Or Hebrew?


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
Re: Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2910619
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Originally Posted by dogperson

Since you are just discovering her music, here is a link to her opera ‘Cinderella’
That seems pleasant enough. It's probably too easy to take cheap shots at child prodigies, as Mozart could probably have told you. It's certainly better than I could've done at that age. I don't mean this at all as an insult, but it sounds a little to me like a good fill-in score for one of the old silent films. We'll see what she comes up with after she's lived a little.


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