Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Japanese Beethoven' Mamoru Samuragochi exposed as a fraud

Mamoru Samuragochi was the most popular contemporary classical music composer in Japan, where his Hiroshima Symphony, dedicated to the victims of the 1945 atomic blast, became an anthem in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. The fact that, like Beethoven in later years, he is deaf contributed much to his reputation. Now it turns out that he did not compose his most famous works at all (having outsourced them to an unaccredited Japanese colleague, Takashi Niigaki), and to add insult to injury, might not even be deaf. For the full (amazing) story, see the link.

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