Musical hoax

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A musical hoax (also musical forgery and musical mystification) is a piece of music composed by an individual or group who intentionally misattribute it to someone else.[1]

Musical hoaxes ascribed to historical figures[edit]

Henri Casadesus

Marius Casadesus

Samuel Dushkin

François-Joseph Fétis

Remo Giazotto

Mikhail Goldstein

(see also below)

Arthur Hutchings

  • "New works" by "Paul Hindemith", in fact the rhythms and dynamics of a Beethoven piano sonata with nonsensically wrong notes.[3]

Fritz Kreisler[4]

Winfried Michel

Édouard Nanny[5]

Alessandro Parisotti

Manuel Ponce[citation needed]

Vladimir Vavilov

Ascribed to non-existent or purported historical individuals[edit]


  1. ^ Dan Hill. "Musical Crimes: Forgery, Deceit, and Socio-Hermeneutics". Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lebermann W. Apokryph, "Plagiat, Korruptel oder Falsifikat?" Musikforschung 20 (1967): 413–25.
  3. ^ Arthur Hutchings, "Personal View: 2. Du Côté de chez Zak", Musical Times 102, no. 1424 (October 1961): 623–24. Citation on p. 623.
  4. ^ Library of Congress Fritz Kreisler Collection
  5. ^ Rodney Slatford, "Review: Domenico Dragonetti in England (1794-1846): The Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso" Music & Letters 80, no. 2 (May 1999): 297–99
  6. ^ Andrew Porter, "Zak's 'Mobile'", The Musical Times 123, no. 1671 (May 1982): 319.
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