Alma Deutscher’s Plea for Harmony Strikes a Universal Chord

An incredible speech was given by the 14 year old composer Alma Deutscher upon receiving the European Culture Prize at the Vienna State Opera on October 20, 2019.

At this prestigious ceremony, the young musician, whose works have sent shock waves through the musical world since she began composing at young age of 6 made an impassioned defense of harmony.

For years, Alma had been pressured by the musical elite of Europe to adopt the modernist ideological view that art must reflect the ugliness of the age which the artist is born into. For years, this young protege has not only fought against this pressure, but has continued to produce incredibly advanced classical works expressing the highest principles of composition including two operas, multiple concertos, sonatas, and orchestral works gaining the admiration of the world’s greatest musicians and conductors.

Alma performing her composition Allegro vivace e scherzando. Recording from June 2015

At the October 20 event Alma said:

“until now, I have always composed melodies and harmonies just as they pour out from my heart. But I have often been told: “as a modern composer, you’ll soon have to forget your melodies, and concentrate on dissonance, as befits our modern age.” But maybe this award today means that a more tolerant age is dawning, when melody and beauty will once again be permitted. Perhaps this is a message that there is more to European Culture than just dissonance. Perhaps there is also a place in European Culture for harmony. And how beautiful it would be if this message could go out into the world from Vienna, from the city of music.”

Featured below are Alma’s beautiful remarks:

Alma’s very existence has demonstrated the universality of classical beauty which modern academics have asserted are outdated and naive as they express a focus on harmony and beauty unbecoming of the ugliness which our modern world has discovered to be humanity’s true nature.

A 2017 documentary called “Finding Cinderella” documented the upbringing, and classical humanist education which enriched young Alma’s genius and which stands as an invaluable pedagogical tool for educators and parents today.

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