Joined: Mar. 2006
|Quote (Ra-Úl @ Mar. 18 2007,19:35)|
|Cases of savant musical performers have been recorded, less of savant poets and novelists, but given the minuscule number of known savants I don't know what meaningful generalizations can be made. Henriett Seth F., a Hungarian, wrote novels and there are cases of savant composers. Do you use savant in the sense of autistic savant? Never really though of Mozart as an autistic savant. Rimbaud wrote verse in Latin well enough to win competitions, wrote 'The Drunken Boat' at 16 and by the time he abandoned writing at 19 had revolutionized French poetry, again, not a case I identify as an autistic savant. Outliers in the arts like Mozart and Rimbaud (Mozart more so) that bloom in childhood or the edge of puberty are not always classed as savants in the autistic sense. Often it seem s to me that savants have extreme gifts for memory and mimicry which I relate to art. I don't think I have an outstanding gift for language, but I found out at 42 that I understood and spoke Italian after about ten minutes with an old man who spoke French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Ladino; I had picked it up when my father studied it at home. I did not differentiate between written Spanish and Portuguese at round 7, and learned to read English and Spanish apparently on my own at the same time. I grew up in a very diverse environment with Portuguese, English, Italian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino spoken in the neighborhood and picked up a lot of pieces, but only the Romance languages got organized enough, I suppose because of Spanish is my first language. I also know children who shift with amazing facility between English, Spanish, French and Hebrew, all spoken at home, and children in musical households who pick up styles and mannerisms of different genre of music when the perform, at a very young age, without training in those genre. |
I started editing to take out the passive forms in the post and added several typos. . . Sigh.
Interesting, where was that Ra-Úl? Alway enjoy your posts btw.
The conservative has but little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of the passions.These are the wreckers of outworn empires and civilisations, doubters, disintegrators, deicides.Haldane