Japan’s Beethoven

Mamoru SamuragochiHe was dubbed the ‘digital age composer’, Japan’s Beethoven, and now the deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi will be dubbed a fraud. Mr. Samuragochi has admitted to commissioning another composer to write his music.

“Apologizing on his behalf, Samuragochi’s solicitor said the musician was “deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others”.’He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts’. Japanese broadcaster NHK quoted Samuragochi saying: ‘I started hiring the person to compose music for me around 1996, when I was asked to make movie music for the first time.'” (via

Mr. Samuragochi lost his hearing at the age of 35 and described his hearing loss as a “gift from God” during an interview with Time magazine. His compositions have been used in such movies as Resident Evil, and his “Symphony No.1, Hiroshima” sold over 100,000 copies in Japan alone.

The identity of the composer who Mr.Samuragchi used is unknown.

To learn more about Mr. Samuragochi, please read the original BBC news article or‘s piece about the composer here.

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