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Alma Deutscher - From My Book of Melodies
#2909666 11/08/19 05:20 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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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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leemeadowcroft #2909687 11/08/19 05:42 PM
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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.

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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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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.

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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.


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.

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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
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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.


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.

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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
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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.


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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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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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?


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"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
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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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