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Friday, April 1, 2011

3 year old Jonathan conducting to the 4th movement of Beethoven's 5th Sy...

At first sight, this is a video of a small child experiencing Beethoven's 5th symphony on a very visceral level, which is amazing in its own right, but what I find remarkable is how skilled his conducting is. His beat pattern and tempo match the piece, he conducts big when the music is loud and energetic and small when the music is more reserved, he cues different sections with his eyes (not always the right sections), he articulates different styles with his baton. I assume he's imitating a DVD he's seen many times, but imitating with an incredible amount of detail. An orchestra would be able to follow most of this. This kid might be the first ever Suzuki Conducting Student.

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