Why should anyone assign utterly world-shattering pieces to kids in their teens?  Just because they can (more or less) play the notes is not sufficient reason.  It's bad enough that we stumble upon such music as immature musicians; at least we have our own bafflement to consider as part of learning.  
But why such utterly inappropriate pseudo music-making should be featured in a music school's gala performance is beyond my comprehension.   It belittles us all.
I described this to an alternative instrumentalist who had occasion to hear an 11 year-old billed as a jazz prodigy in a recent festival in Israel.  The kid was playing late Thelonius Monk.  My friend's reaction was parallel to mine:  Why?  What good does this do to all concerned: the kid, the audience, the music, Monk?

 


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