12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Creates Beauty From Four Randomly Chosen Notes

All it takes Alma Deutscher is four notes and 40 seconds. And, suddenly, these wondrous notes lift off into the air – Deutscher is 12-years-old, a musical prodigy capable of improvising a short piano sonata in this manner, on the spot.

Deutscher demonstrated her skills for 60 Minutes and correspondent Scott Pelley. Pelley draws from a hat four cards with musical notes on them: which turn out to be B, A, E flat, and G. She tweaks B to B flat and puts the notes in G minor scale.

After sitting in silence for a moment, she launches into a fully formed piece. A composition heard only once, and never again.

By the age of 10, she had already composed a full-length opera. She’s a virtuoso both on the violin and the piano and has performed her compositions around the world.