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Beethoven thought he was younger than he was!

For many years, Beethoven believed he was born in 1772, not 1770.

Why?

His father Johann van Beethoven, who was responsible for his piano learning as a child, told others his son was actually two years younger in order to make him seem like more of a child prodigy than he was. Some say it was to draw comparisons to Mozart, who himself was somewhat of a child prodigy.

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Beethoven thought he was younger than he was!

For many years, Beethoven believed he was born in 1772, not 1770.

Why?

His father Johann van Beethoven, who was responsible for his piano learning as a child, told others his son was actually two years younger in order to make him seem like more of a child prodigy than he was. Some say it was to draw comparisons to Mozart, who himself was somewhat of a child prodigy.

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A piano prodigy who made his professional debut at age 12, Peter Serkin seemed destined from childhood to carry on the legacy of his father, Rudolf Serkin, one of the 20th century’s most revered pianists.

But while the elder Serkin was celebrated for breathing new life into Beethoven and other old masters, his son became known for championing the work of 20th-century composers such as Oliver Knussen, Toru Takemitsu, Stefan Wolpe and his childhood friend Peter Lieberson, even as he... See More

A piano prodigy who made his professional debut at age 12, Peter Serkin seemed destined from childhood to carry on the legacy of his father, Rudolf Serkin, one of the 20th century’s most revered pianists.

But while the elder Serkin was celebrated for breathing new life into Beethoven and other old masters, his son became known for championing the work of 20th-century composers such as Oliver Knussen, Toru Takemitsu, Stefan Wolpe and his childhood friend Peter Lieberson, even as he worked to reveal rich new textures in the classical repertoire so cherished by his father.

Serkin, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 72, played everything from Bach to Berio and Mozart to Messiaen, sometimes using a 19th-century fortepiano to perform period works.

#prodigy #PeterSerkin #RudolfSerkin #beethoven #OliverKnussen #ToruTakemitsu #StefanWolpe #cancer #bach #mozart #20thCentury

Derek Paravicini (born 26 July 1979) is a blind English autistic savant and musical prodigy. He resides in London. Paravicini was born extremely prematurely, at 25 weeks, along with a twin sister who did not survive birth. His blindness was caused by an overdosage of oxygen therapy given during his time in a neonatal intensive care unit. This also affected his developing brain, resulting in his severe learning disability.He also has autism.
He has absolute pitch and can play any piece... See More

Derek Paravicini (born 26 July 1979) is a blind English autistic savant and musical prodigy. He resides in London. Paravicini was born extremely prematurely, at 25 weeks, along with a twin sister who did not survive birth. His blindness was caused by an overdosage of oxygen therapy given during his time in a neonatal intensive care unit. This also affected his developing brain, resulting in his severe learning disability.He also has autism.
He has absolute pitch and can play any piece of music after hearing it once.

#autistic #blind #prodigy #DerekParavicini

The youngest pianist in Russia does not get his feet to the piano pedals, but masterfully performs the most complex musical works.

When Elisha Mysin sits down at the piano and music begins to flow from under his fingers, it is hard to believe that he is five years old. He still does not reach his feet to the piano pedals, and the height of the chair for him has to be increased with a pillow.

However, talent and hard work have already helped Stavropol Prodigy to win the... See More

The youngest pianist in Russia does not get his feet to the piano pedals, but masterfully performs the most complex musical works.

When Elisha Mysin sits down at the piano and music begins to flow from under his fingers, it is hard to believe that he is five years old. He still does not reach his feet to the piano pedals, and the height of the chair for him has to be increased with a pillow.

However, talent and hard work have already helped Stavropol Prodigy to win the appreciation of professionals and the love of the public from different parts of the country.

#ElishaMysin #concerto #performing #orchestra #Stavropol #prodigy #mozart

Child prodigy wows crowd with performance of Mozart's Concerto No 3 in D major.

Meet Elisey Mysin. The Russian-born piano-lover, who is thought to be just 8-years-old (this is not confirmed), blew the audience at his concert away earlier this year when he performed Mozart's Concerto No 3 in D Major effortlessly in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia.

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Child prodigy wows crowd with performance of Mozart's Concerto No 3 in D major.

Meet Elisey Mysin. The Russian-born piano-lover, who is thought to be just 8-years-old (this is not confirmed), blew the audience at his concert away earlier this year when he performed Mozart's Concerto No 3 in D Major effortlessly in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia.

#prodigy #performing #mozart #concerto