The most popular classical composer of our day was born with a medical deformity so severe that his parents had to fight to keep him alive. They named him Hikari, which means "light"; now in his thirties, with an I.Q. of 65, limited language and motor skills, and an inability to express emotions clearly, Hikari has indeed become a beacon of inspiration. He has miraculous musical gifts, including a phenomenal memory and the ability to compose chamber works that have broken sales records and delighted hundreds of thousands of listeners. His father's boundless love for and devotion to Hikari have been inspirational in more than one way. Kenzaburo Oe has written many novels and essays based on the experience of raising his musical-savant son, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1994. Based on exclusive access to the Oe family, as well as interviews with brain specialists and performers of Hikari's music, and including assessments by leading music critics, The Music of Light offers a portrait of uniqueness. Hikari is the only savant known in history who has composed original music. Lindsley Cameron explains how his brain works; how he can express sadness in his music but not with language or his face; and how his musical activities have extended his mental capacities.From the Publisher:
Hikari Oe was born with a herniated brain, a condition so severe that the only treatment available was an operation that would save his life but leave him permanently brain-damaged. Now thirty-four, Hikari has an I.Q. of 65, limited language and motor skills, and an inability to express emotions clearly. But he can remember every piece of music he has ever heard, and has composed classical-style chamber music that has broken sales records and delighted hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world. Meanwhile, his father, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe, has written novels with characters inspired by Hikari.
Based on exclusive access to the Oe family, as well as interviews with brain specialists, music critics, and performers of Hikari's music, The Music of Light utilizes astute, original reporting and an exploration of Kenzaburo's writing to analyze the only known savant composer in history. It is a remarkable and inspiring tale that reminds us of the miraculous possibilities of the human brain -- and of a family's mutual devotion.
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