Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Composer Mamoru Samuragochi, a Fraud

The Japanese classical music composer Mamoru Samuragochi has admitted that he is a fraud. He has not written the music he has claimed to be his own since the mid 1990's. Mamoru Samuragochi has become known not just for his music, but also for being a composer despite having turned deaf. He has, thus, been called a Japanese Beethoven. Now he admits that he has had a ghost writer since 1996, even though the ghost writer did not write everything, at least not from the start. I think it is sad that a composer has felt the need to do this. A lot of people are angry with him, and I understand why. They feel cheated. It is as if you would hope a beautiful dog would win Best in Show, only to discover later this dog had a disqualifying fault that was hidden from the judges and audience. I hope this is an odd case, that most classical composers are actually the composers who they claim to be.

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