Mamoru Samuragoch
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'Japanese Beethoven' fraud: Excerpt from Hiroshima work

5 February 2014 Last updated at 13:04 GMT

A deaf composer who has been dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" has admitted hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

Mamoru Samuragochi shot to fame in the mid-1990s and is most famous for his Hiroshima Symphony No 1, dedicated to those killed in the 1945 atomic blast.

Listen to an excerpt from Hiroshima Symphony No 1, performed by Naoto Otomo / Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Courtesy DENON

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