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.