Ghost composer Takashi Niigaki claims ‘Japan’s Beethoven’ Mamoru Samuragochi not even deaf

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Ghost composer Takashi Niigaki claims ‘Japan’s Beethoven’ Mamoru Samuragochi not even deaf

 

The ghostwriter behind the man dubbed Japan’s Beethoven has come forward a day after Mamoru Samuragochi admitted he did not create the famed musical works attributed to him, with the real composer even alleging that his better-known partner could be faking his deafness.Takashi Niigaki spoke at a packed media conference in Tokyo Thursday, confirming that he has written music for Samuragochi for 18 years and noting that he ended their longtime “collaboration” last year after becoming fed up.

He explained that he would compose pieces and play them for Samuragochi, who would choose what he liked.”The music was born of my collaboration with him,” he said, adding he was paid about 7 million yen (about $76,000 Cdn) for composing more than 20 pieces for Samuragochi since 1996.Niigaki, a 43-year-old part time music lecturer and teacher, became flustered when trying to answer the barrage of questions from reporters, including how he and Samuragochi managed to keep their deception going for so many years. He admitted that he questions whether Samuragochi is indeed deaf.

“I saw no signs that he could not hear,” Niigaki said. “We carry on normal conversations.”

Quoted source:http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/ghostwriter-takashi-niigaki-man-behind-japan-s-beethoven-speaks-out-1.2526164

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