hatto the beautiful hoax
The New Yorker has a fascinating story, about the “discovery” of a 75 year old virtuoso, genius pianist, Joyce Hatto, that turns out to be a hoax. What’s so interesting – to me anyway – is how the internet – and brilliant grassroots marketing, fraudulent tho it was – created the myth bought by many mainstream music journalists.
The whole thing, rather than being tawdry, is somehow touching, romantic, sad, and beautiful in a perverse sort of way.
Here a podcast interview with the writer of the story.