Three examples of youthful brilliance.
Everything’s blooming early this year. In that spirit, here’s a list of some of our favorite books and pieces of music penned by prodigies.
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
Mozart, who made his debut at age 4, wrote this piece of music before he reached 20. Hear it played by another early bloomer, 18-year-old Seattle native Simone Porter (pictured), a budding virtuoso hailed by critics around the globe. May 28-31, Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$120 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
The classic tale depicting teenage social and class pressures was written by a high school student: S.E. Hinton, who was 18 when the novel was published in 1967. It continues to sell a half million copies a year and, tellingly, is still occasionally banned by schools for its strong language and scenes of gang violence (available as a mass-market paperback and e-book).
‘Gimme Some Lovin’ ’
English R&B phenom Steve Winwood helped launch The Spencer Davis Group at 14 and co-wrote this blues-inspired rock classic while he was still a teenager — though even then, his voice already sounded like it had done hard time. The song has a lot of great company on the 2010 box set “Revolutions — The Very Best of Steve Winwood.”
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