Young Music Prodigy Improvises a Beautiful Piano Sonata Inspired by Four Notes Pulled Out of a Hat

While appearing on 60 Minutes Overtime, 12 year old music prodigy Alma Deutscher asked host Scott Pelley to pull four notes out of a hat, from which she would compose a piece. Deutscher sang each note as it was placed upon the piano and then took a minute to think, put her hands on the keyboard and played an improvised sonata that encompassed those four notes beautifully.

60 Minutes pulls four musical notes out of hat, and young composer Alma Deutscher takes off, improvising a piano sonata in under a minute

Alma is also a gifted violin player, as seen here, playing her own original composition with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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