Is Jay Greenburg the next Mozart? It doesn’t really matter it’s amazing how music flows from some in such a way. Jay mentions he can’t turn the music off in his head and hears multiple channels at a time. Let’s hope he doesn’t go insane.

“There is a composer studying at New York’s renowned Juilliard School who some say is the greatest talent to come along in 200 years…. “We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition,” says Sam Zyman, a composer. “I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Sans.” – 60 Minutes

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  1. Truly amazing. It’s like a flow state for that kid, where the flow is entire works of music.

    Who knows how he feels inside but I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, in the sense that he doesn’t appear under control of this flow. It just comes. I wonder if it will ever overwhelm him.


    1. Yeah I can help but think of the movie Shine.


  2. maybe you heard of him but his story reminds me André Mathieu, a composer from Quebec who was also considered as a prodigy. you should listen to some of his work :)


  3. If a savant had any self-control, someone would take him aside tell him “Kid, this is a 300-year-old form, dance music for dead people … if you understand what music is about, why not write new music for your contemporaries?”


  4. I agree with you seaweb, but you have to give the kid some slack, he *is* 12 years old or thereabouts after all.


  5. Not hating this kid, but it seems a shame to have an ability like his and then waste it recycling those old “classic” forms.


  6. amazing story. i had no idea about him.

    i can understand some of your frustrations that he’s writing classical music, but it’s actually far more dynamic than electronic music will ever be. you have like, 80 humans playing different kinds of instruments?

    maybe one day he will take to electronic music, but i dont see how that could satisfy these sounds in his head the same way?


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