A notable deaf Japanese composer has admitted to recruiting someone to write his works for more than a decade. Mamoru Samuragochi, notable composer of movie soundtracks and video game music, such as Resident Evil, revealed that the majority of his pieces were written by someone else because his ear condition had gotten worse.
50-year old Samuragochi, called “Japan’s Beethoven,” has a degenerative condition that troubled his hearing since he was a child. His most famous work, a tribute to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing in Japan, titled Symphony No. 1, Hiroshima, was written when he was 35 years old and completely deaf. NHK broadcasting firm even showed a documentary on the life of the composer last year called “Melody of the Soul.” The composer was shown visiting the Tohoku region hit by the tsunami to meet the relatives of the victims and other survivors. His Hiroshima piece became Japan’s tribute to the victims of the tsunami and many flocked to stores to get a copy of the piece they dubbed as “symphony of hope.”
The composer confessed to the deception through his lawyer and a NHK broadcaster reported on his apology. “Through his lawyer, Mamoru Samuragochi, confessed early Wednesday that he had asked another composer to create his iconic works,” reported the news anchor. He also noted that, “NHK has reported on him in news and features programs, but failed to realize that he had not composed the works himself, despite our research and checking.” Samuragochi was quoted saying, “I started hiring the person to compose the music for me around 1996, when I was asked to make movie music for the first time,” admitting that the other composer did more than half of the work after his ear condition worsened. Even the piece Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is set to perform to, the Sonatina for Violin, at the upcoming Winter games in Sochi, Russia is not an original composition by Samuragochi. He paid the other composer a commission for doing his work. The real author of Samuragochi’s pieces has not yet offered any comment.
[via Channel News Asia]