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A Musical Hoax is a piece of music composed by an individual or group who intentionally misattribute it to someone else.

Musical hoaxes ascribed to historical figures


Henri Casadesus
Henri Casadesus
Henri Casadesus was a violist and music publisher. He was the brother of Marius Casadesus, uncle of the famous pianist Robert Casadesus, and granduncle of Jean Casadesus....

  • Viola Concerto in B minor by "George Frideric Handel
    George Frideric Handel
    George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Handel was born in 1685, in a family indifferent to music...

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  • Viola Concerto in C minor by "Johann Christian Bach
    Johann Christian Bach
    Johann Christian Bach was a composer of the Classical era, the eleventh and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. He is sometimes referred to as 'the London Bach' or 'the English Bach', due to his time spent living in the British capital...

    "
  • Viola Concerto in D major by "Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach""


Marius Casadesus
Marius Casadesus
Marius Casadesus was a French violinist and composer. He was the brother of Henri Casadesus, uncle of the famed pianist Robert Casadesus, and grand-uncle to Jean Casadesus....

  • Adélaïde Concerto
    Adelaide Concerto
    The Adélaïde Concerto is the nickname of a Violin Concerto in D Major attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and given the catalog number K. Anh. 294a in the third edition of the standard Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works. Unknown until the 20th century, this concerto was later discovered to be a...

    by "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart , was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music...

    "


Gaspar Cassadó
Gaspar Cassadó
Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu was a Spanish cellist and composer of the early 20th century. He was born in Barcelona to a church musician father and began taking cello lessons at age seven. When he was nine, he played in a recital where Pablo Casals was in the audience; Casals immediately offered to...

  • Аllegretto Grazioso by "Franz Schubert
    Franz Schubert
    Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer.Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies , liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music...

    "
  • Toccata by "Girolamo Frescobaldi
    Girolamo Frescobaldi
    Girolamo Frescobaldi was a musician from Ferrara, one of the most important composers of keyboard music in the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. A child prodigy, Frescobaldi studied under Luzzasco Luzzaschi in Ferrara, but was influenced by a large number of composers, including Ascanio...

    ""


François-Joseph Fétis
François-Joseph Fétis
François-Joseph Fétis was a Belgian musicologist, composer, critic and teacher. He was one of the most influential music critics of the 19th century, and his enormous compilation of biographical data in the Biographie universelle des musiciens remains an important source of information today...

  • Lute Concerto by "Valentin Strobel"


Remo Giazotto
Remo Giazotto
Remo Giazotto was an Italian musicologist, music critic, and composer, mostly known through his systematic catalogue of the works of Tomaso Albinoni...

  • Adagio in G minor
    Adagio in G minor
    The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but composed by the 20th-century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto and based on the disputed discovery of a...

    by "Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni""


Mikhail Goldstein
Mikhail Goldstein
Mikhail Emanuilovich Goldstein , was a Soviet composer and violinist of Ukrainian-Jewish origin, brother of prominent violinist Boris Goldstein.-Biography:...

  • Albumblatt (Листок из Альбома) by "Alexander Glazunov
    Alexander Glazunov
    Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was a Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor...

    "
  • Impromptu (Экспромт) by "Mily Balakirev
    Mily Balakirev
    Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev ,Russia was still using old style dates in the 19th century, and information sources used in the article sometimes report dates as old style rather than new style. Dates in the article are taken verbatim from the source and therefore are in the same style as the source...

    "
  • Symphony No. 21 by "Mykola Ovsianiko-Kulikovsky"
  • Viola Concerto in C major by "Ivan Khandoshkin
    Ivan Khandoshkin
    Ivan Yevstafyevich Khandoshkin was a Russian violinist and composer. He has been described as "the finest Russian violinist of the eighteenth century". He studied under Tito Porta with other Italian influences being Domenico dall’Oglio and Pietro Peri...

    ""


Arthur Hutchings
Arthur Hutchings
Arthur James Bramwell Hutchings was professor of music at the University of Durham, England. He wrote extensively on topics as varied as nineteenth-century English church music, Schubert, Edmund Rubbra, and baroque concertos; but his most famous work was the Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos,...

  • "New works" by "Paul Hindemith
    Paul Hindemith
    Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher, music theorist and conductor.- Biography :Born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Hindemith was taught the violin as a child...

    ", in fact the rhythms and dynamics of a Beethoven
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of...

     piano sonata with nonsensically wrong notes.


Fritz Kreisler
Fritz Kreisler
Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most famous violin masters of his or any other day, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately...

 
  • Allegretto by "Luigi Boccherini
    Luigi Boccherini
    Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini was an Italian classical era composer and cellist whose music retained a courtly and galante style while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical centers. Boccherini is most widely known for one particular minuet from his String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No...

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  • Andantino by "Giovanni Battista Martini
    Giovanni Battista Martini
    Giovanni Battista Martini , also known as Padre Martini, was an Italian musician.-Biography:Martini was born at Bologna....

    "
  • Aubade Provençale by "Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin was a French Baroque composer and performer. He was born in Chaumes-en-Brie and moved to Paris in 1650–51 with the help of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Couperin worked as organist of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris and as musician at the court...

    "
  • Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane by "Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin was a French Baroque composer and performer. He was born in Chaumes-en-Brie and moved to Paris in 1650–51 with the help of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Couperin worked as organist of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris and as musician at the court...

    "
  • La Chasse (Caprice) by "Jean Baptiste Cartier"
  • Grave by "Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Wilhelm Friedemann Bach , the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was a German composer and performer...

    "
  • Menuett by "Nicola Porpora
    Nicola Porpora
    Nicola Porpora was an Italian composer of Baroque operas and teacher of singing, whose most famous singing student was the castrato Farinelli. One of his other students was composer Matteo Capranica.-Biography:Porpora was born in Naples...

    "
  • Praeludium and Allegro by "Gaetano Pugnani
    Gaetano Pugnani
    Gaetano Pugnani was born in Turin. He trained on the violin under Giovanni Battista Somis and Giuseppe Tartini. In 1752, Pugnani became the first violinist of the Royal Chapel in Turin. Then he went on a large tour that granted him great fame for his extraordinary skill on the violin...

    "
  • La Précieuse by "Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin
    Louis Couperin was a French Baroque composer and performer. He was born in Chaumes-en-Brie and moved to Paris in 1650–51 with the help of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Couperin worked as organist of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris and as musician at the court...

    "
  • Preghiera by "Giovanni Battista Martini
    Giovanni Battista Martini
    Giovanni Battista Martini , also known as Padre Martini, was an Italian musician.-Biography:Martini was born at Bologna....

    "
  • Scherzo by "Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
    Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
    ----August Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf was an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist.-1739-1764:...

    "
  • Sicilienne and Rigaudon by "François Francoeur
    François Francoeur
    François Francœur was a French composer and violinist.-Biography:He was born in Paris, the son of Joseph Francœur, a basse de violon player and member of the 24 violons du roy. Francœur was instructed in music by his father and joined the Académie Royale de Musique as a violinist at age 15...

    "
  • Study on a Choral by "Johann Stamitz
    Johann Stamitz
    Jan Václav Antonín Stamic was a Czech composer and violinist. Johann was the father of Carl Stamitz and Anton Stamitz, also composers...

    "
  • Tempo di Minuetto by "Gaetano Pugnani
    Gaetano Pugnani
    Gaetano Pugnani was born in Turin. He trained on the violin under Giovanni Battista Somis and Giuseppe Tartini. In 1752, Pugnani became the first violinist of the Royal Chapel in Turin. Then he went on a large tour that granted him great fame for his extraordinary skill on the violin...

    "
  • Variations on a Theme by Corelli by "Giuseppe Tartini
    Giuseppe Tartini
    Giuseppe Tartini was an Italian baroque composer and violinist.-Biography:Tartini was born in Piran, a town on the peninsula of Istria, in the Republic of Venice to Gianantonio – native of Florence – and Caterina Zangrando, a descendant of one of the oldest aristocratic Piranian families.It...

    "
  • Violin Concerto in C major by "Antonio Vivaldi
    Antonio Vivaldi
    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi , nicknamed because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe...

    "


Winfried Michel
Winfried Michel
Winfried Michel is a German recorder player, composer, and editor of music.Michel studied with Ingetraud Drescher, Nikolaus Delius, and Frans Brüggen. He is lecturer for the recorder at the Staatliche Hochschule Münster and at the Musikakademie Kassel...

  • Lost keyboard sonatas by "Joseph Haydn
    Joseph Haydn
    Franz Joseph Haydn , known as Joseph Haydn , was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms...

    ""


Edouard Nanny
Edouard Nanny
Edouard Nanny was an important French double bass player, teacher, and composer. He was a longtime professor of double bass at the Paris Conservatory.-Career:...

  • Double Bass Concerto in A major by "Domenico Dragonetti
    Domenico Dragonetti
    Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti was an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer. He stayed for thirty years in his hometown of Venice, Italy and worked at the Opera Buffa, at the Chapel of San Marco and at the Grand Opera in Vicenza...

    ""


Alessandro Parisotti
Alessandro Parisotti
Alessandro Parisotti was an Italian composer and music editor.Though also a composer, Alessandro Parisotti is better known today as the original editor of a collection of songs known as arie antiche...

  • "Se tu m'ami" by "Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian composer, violinist and organist.-Biography:Born at Iesi, Pergolesi studied music there under a local musician, Francesco Santini, before going to Naples in 1725, where he studied under Gaetano Greco and Francesco Feo among others...

    ""


Manuel Ponce
  • Suite in A minor by "Sylvius Leopold Weiss
    Sylvius Leopold Weiss
    Silvius Leopold Weiss was a German composer and lutenist.Born in Grottkau near Breslau, the son of Johann Jacob Weiss, also a lutenist, he served at courts in Breslau, Rome, and Dresden, where he died...

    "
  • Preamble & Gavotte by "Alessandro Scarlatti
    Alessandro Scarlatti
    Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.-Life:Scarlatti was born in...

    ""


Vladimir Vavilov
  • Ave Maria
    Ave Maria (Giulio Caccini)
    "Ave Maria" is a popular and much recorded aria composed by Baroque composer Giulio Caccini. It is a musical hoax generally misattributed to Vladimir Vavilov. Vavilov himself published and recorded it on the Melodiya label with the ascription to "Anonymous" in 1970...

    by Anonymous
    Anonymous work
    Anonymous works are works, such as art or literature, that have an anonymous, undisclosed, or unknown creator or author. In the United States it is legally defined as "a work on the copies or phonorecords of which no natural person is identified as author."...

    ; The piece later received an unrelated misattribution to Giulio Caccini
    Giulio Caccini
    Giulio Caccini , also known as Giulio Romano, was an Italian composer, teacher, singer, instrumentalist and writer of the very late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was one of the founders of the genre of opera, and one of the single most influential creators of the new Baroque style...

    .
  • Elegy for guitar by "Mikhail Vyssotsky"
  • Kanzona for lute by "Francesco Canova da Milano
    Francesco Canova da Milano
    Francesco Canova da Milano was an Italian lutenist and composer. He was born in Monza, near Milan, and worked for the papal court for almost all of his career. Francesco was heralded throughout Europe as the foremost lute composer of his time...

    "
  • Mazurka in C minor for guitar by "Andrey Sykhra"
  • Nocturne in C minor for guitar by "Vassily Sarenko"
  • Ricercar by "Niccolo Nigrino""

Ascribed to non-existent or purported historical individuals


Roger Eno
Roger Eno
Roger Eugene Eno was born in Woodbridge, England in 1959. He is known primarily as an ambient composer.He began euphonium lessons at twelve and at sixteen entered Colchester College to study music...

  • The Music of Neglected English Composers by Willington Crook, Ellishaw Blakehope, Pilham Aisby, Clare Brand, Jack Hill, Morley Butterknowle, Gayle Hawkes, Burwell Ruckland"


Paulo Galvao
Paulo Galvão
Paulo Galvão - is a composer, lutenist, theorbist and guitarist, noted in particular for his compositions for 5-course baroque guitar published under the allonym "AdC"...

  • Works for archlute
    Archlute
    The archlute is a European plucked string instrument developed around 1600 as a compromise between the very large theorbo, the size and re-entrant tuning of which made for difficulties in the performance of solo music, and the Renaissance tenor lute, which lacked the bass range of the theorbo...

     and baroque guitar
    Baroque guitar
    The Baroque guitar is a guitar from the baroque era , an ancestor of the modern classical guitar. The term is also used for modern instruments made in the same style....

     by "AdC" (Antonio da Costa)"


Hans Keller
Hans Keller
Hans Keller was an influential Austrian-born British musician and writer who made significant contributions to musicology and music criticism, as well as being an insightful commentator on such disparate fields as psychoanalysis and football...

 and Susan Bradshaw
Susan Bradshaw
Susan Bradshaw was a British pianist, teacher and writer. She was mainly associated with contemporary music, and especially with the work of Pierre Boulez, several of whose writings she translated...

  • Mobile for Tape and Percussion (1961) by Piotr Zak
    Piotr Zak
    Piotr Zak is the name of a fictional Polish composer whose alleged composition Mobile for Tape and Percussion was broadcast twice on the BBC Third Programme on June 5, 1961 in a performance supposedly played by 'Claude Tessier' and 'Anton Schmidt'....

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Winfried Michel
Winfried Michel
Winfried Michel is a German recorder player, composer, and editor of music.Michel studied with Ingetraud Drescher, Nikolaus Delius, and Frans Brüggen. He is lecturer for the recorder at the Staatliche Hochschule Münster and at the Musikakademie Kassel...

  • Chamber music by "Giovanni Paolo Simonetti""


Roman Turovsky-Savchuk
Roman Turovsky-Savchuk
Roman Turovsky-Savchuk is an American painter and lutenist-composer born in Ukraine.-Biography:Turovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1961, when it was part of the Soviet Union. He studied art from an early age under his father, the painter Mikhail Turovsky and at the Shevchenko State Art School...

  • Works for baroque lute
    Lute
    Lute can refer generally to any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes....

     by Johann Joachim Sautscheck, Gotthold Ephraim Sautscheck, Konradin Aemilius Sautscheck, et al.
  • Works for renaissance lute
    Lute
    Lute can refer generally to any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes....

     by Ioannes Leopolita and Jacobus Olevsiensis"


Rohan Kriwaczek
Rohan Kriwaczek
Rohan Kriwaczek is a British writer, composer and violinist of part-Austrian descent. A former student of Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen and Judith Weir, and prolific creator of classical works, scores for theatre, TV, and radio, he has become best known as "England's foremost authority on...

  • Works for solo violin, ascribed to various fictional English "funeral violinists"."