The analogy between music and language, like that between music and mathematics, breaks down of course eventually. There are not so many of whom it can be said that music is their native tongue. I draw a rough-and-ready distinction between the "talented", who have natural intelligence and confidence; and the "gifted", in whom is superadded some driving (perhaps pathological) energy: which lifts them potentially onto another plane of achievement - and inevitably also of vulnerability.
Of these, the "native speakers", some fortunate few achieve:
22nd June 1990
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