If you have listened to the three piano pieces I posted – supposedly by Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn - and the comments that followed from sceptical listeners, you will have realised by now that they were placed on Youtube by the same source.
They have the makings of something faintly sinister – the lurking on Youtube of a highly trained musician who is planting fake works by great composers.
Who is he, and why does he do it. We know it’s a he from the upper body. But that’s all we know. Can the hoaxer be unmasked before he perpetrates something truly serious – a 33rd Beethoven piano sonata, Mahler’s infantile polka-preceded-by-a-funeral-march, a Boulez love song, Britten’s rage for a spent penny?
The hoaxer goes under the rubric The Mad Rhino and he’s been professionally trained to a pretty high standard. From his performance of the finale of Prokofiev’s 7th sonata, we suspect that he lives – or has connections – in the state of Illinois. All further clues gratefully received. An amnesty is promised if the hoaxer turns himself in before the end of the Easter holiday.
UPDATE: See the hoaxer at play: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/04/youtubes-classical-hoaxer-reveals-his-face.html