Alma Deutscher (British, b. 2005): Violin Concerto, mvt. 3
There’s not much to say about her, except that she is the real thing...and I am cynical about prodigies! (She is equally accomplished as a violinist, pianist, and composer!) I’ve said it about Mendelssohn, and it is true for her as well: “for everyone to whom much has been given, from him/her much will also be expected.” In other words, she does have many gifts, including the people in her life who have been able to develop her talents, but she has also made sure to use these gifts to the fullest. No matter what, this doesn’t happen by itself. So we should enjoy what she has to offer without letting it discourage us, and realize that we ALL have a lot to offer; plenty of people who are NOT prodigies do great things! Hopefully you will enjoy this—some of her music is really beautiful and expressive, but with this I think she just wanted to write something joyful and fun.
Deutscher with the Israel Philharmonic
In May 2017 I challenged my students to practice every day for 30 days in a row. In addition, I asked them to listen to 30 bite-sized musical selections I emailed daily. I collected my picks in this blog for posterity. So these are works I find particularly fun, interesting, or important, including a handful by composers who were born or who died in May. Please enjoy!