n HR Future - Uncovering the talent myth - performance

Volume 2019 Number 12
  • ISSN : 1608-8506


It’s the summer of 1763. Sevenyear- old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family embark on a European tour. His life will never be the same again. From that moment on, Mozart will be known as a musical genius. Just before they leave, an anonymous letter appears in the local newspaper, the Augsburgischer Intelligenz- Zettel, which includes the following passage, “I saw and heard how, when he was made to listen in another room, they would give him notes, now high, now low, not only on the pianoforte but on every other imaginable instrument as well, and he came out with the letter of the name of the note in an instant. Indeed, on hearing a bell toll, or a clock or even a pocket watch strike, he was able at the same moment to name the note of the bell or timepiece.”

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