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Child Prodigies In Music

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Child prodigies are defined as children who possess unusual talents showing great mastery of a certain subject, art or skill. Usually, children no older than 11 years old who show extreme proficiency in certain adult-related fields are called prodigies. Today, scientists are still studying this mystery and trying to determine whether prodigies are a product of genetics or upbringing. I think we can safely say that it's a combination of both. Here are several profiles of famous music prodigies:

Music Prodigies of the Past

  • Georges Bizet - He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music before he turned 10.

  • Frédéric Chopin - He composed his "Polonaises in G minor and B flat major 9" when he was 7 years old.

  • Franz Liszt - He had his first major concert at the age of 11.

  • Felix Mendelssohn - He was making public concert appearances at the age of 9.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - At the age of 5, he already wrote a miniature allegro (K. 1b) and andante (K. 1a).

  • Franz Schubert - Began composing before the age of 12.

Music Prodigies of Recent Years

Know of other musical prodigies who should be on this list? Email it to musiced@aboutguide.com.

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