Over at The New York Times’ Art Beat blog, Anthony Tommasini ran a two-week project of blog posts and videos where he revealed his top 10 composers of all-time. As lists usually do, it provoked a slew of responses from his readers. One response came in the form of a hand-written, two-sided letter on blank paper from an 8-year-old boy in Manhattan.
Lucas Amory is the son of two violists and a serious piano student himself, attending the Special Music School at the Kaufman Center—a public school for the musically-gifted, designed after the music schools of the Soviet Union. So, he is not your typical 8-year-old. But still, he’s 8 friggin’ years old, and he’s listing his top 10 composers.
The best line: “6: This is hard. I’ll go with Brahms. He was supposed to be lower but when I learned he burned his music …”
Brilliant, but still very much 8-years-old. Here’s the letter:
(Via Arts Beat)