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2014年4月 7日 (月)

香山リカのココロの万華鏡:誰もが感動依存症? /東京

February 17, 2014(Mainichi Japan)
Kaleidoscope of the Heart: Are we all addicted to drama?
香山リカのココロの万華鏡:誰もが感動依存症? /東京

A symphony that was supposed to have been composed for the sake of the souls of the Hiroshima bombing victims by a deaf musician turned out to have been created by someone else. The fraud didn't stop there, as the musician turned out to have been passing off songs written by the other person as his own for 18 years.

After hearing that the symphony supposedly for the Hiroshima victims was originally written as a song that had nothing to do with Hiroshima or the atomic bomb, I went from angry to flabbergasted.

I myself was one of those who attended that symphony. I was moved by it and joined a standing ovation when the "composer" appeared on stage at the end. He was supposed to have been not only deaf, but suffering from all kinds of ailments. He walked on stage with a cane and his arm in a bandage, and the sight moved some in the audience to tears.

After the news about the fraud came out, I gave a fresh listen to a CD of the symphony, and though it was as solemn a piece as ever, it did not move me like it had before. It also started to sound to me like it was a patchwork of several other famous compositions, as one critic has alleged.

While part of me thinks the whole thing was an awful fraud, part of me wonders, "What, then, was I so moved by before?" The fact that it sounds shallow after hearing that it was made by someone other than whom I thought may mean that I was not moved by the piece itself, but by the story of it coming from a deaf composer.

Many years ago, I heard from someone involved with classical music production that "lately, you can't sell a CD just with a good composition or performance. You have to have a story, like that the performer is burdened by some personal tragedy or is battling some difficult-to-treat disease."

Looking at television, it seems that there are moving documentaries being broadcast every day.

Many people have shed tears and been motivated by stories of those struggling to overcome difficult circumstances like losing their family, their business collapsing, or being told they have only a limited time left to live.

However, at some point we may have become numbed to all the dramatic stories around us, and started demanding even more dramatic stories.

That may be why we embraced the story of a deaf composer who is also a second-generation atomic bomb victim.

Of course, much fault lies with the fraud musician who betrayed all those fans who had given him their sincere support.

There are many who have been directly affected, such as ice skater Daisuke Takahashi, who is performing at the Sochi Olympics to one of the songs the musician had falsely claimed as his own.

But there is still something that the rest of us should think about: have we not become addicted to drama, always wanting to cry more, to be moved more?

Many moving tales are sure to be born of the Sochi Games, but I have mixed feelings about it.

(By Rika Kayama, psychiatrist)
毎日新聞 2014年02月11日 地方版


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