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I concur. I dont like too much this movie which is childlish and is a caricature, based on a play. Factually this scene actually never happend. Salieri is a good composer, who tried to help Mozart. He was highly recognized in Vienna, much more than Mozart has ever been and had no reason to be jealous. He also taught several key figures like Beethoven and Schubert. And he was also the teacher of Mozart son, at the request of his wife Constance !
I concur. I dont like too much this movie which is childlish and is a caricature, based on a play. Factually this scene actually never happend.
All publicity is good publicity, as Mozart would say (or - 'There is no such thing as bad publicity.') And I'm pretty sure that "Amadeus" introduced many people to the delights of classical music......especially when they see that classical composers & musicians can be susceptible to little (& large) foibles, just like normal people.
Very little in the movie was true (apart from Mozart's scatological obsession, which he apparently shared with his close circle) but it did introduce non-classical (and even classical) audiences to a wide range of great music, quite a lot of which is not 'popular' Mozart. There is no Eine kleine Nachtmusik or K545, or even K550 in the movie, for example. And I have the movie to thank for introducing me to Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which at the time I'd never heard (as I was relatively young & innocent then ), and which subsequently became one of my favorite religious works.
When it was released, I was on holiday in the Netherlands, and had to watch it while in Amsterdam - and was amazed that at the end, there was complete silence, and not a single person in the packed cinema got up to leave during the long closing credits (when all the music and the performers was listed), accompanied by the Romanze from K466, after which there was prolonged applause. Maybe the Dutch really love their Mozart, I thought, and couldn't bear to leave before all the music was finished.
When I returned home, I watched it again in a cinema in London - without Dutch subtitles - and again the same happened.
Maybe, we all love Mozart........
"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
I think the tragic shortness of life of this wonderful composer, combined with the notion that his last unfinished composition was a Requiem-mass... added to the fact that in his day corpses were buried outside the city bounderies because of a plague, how unlike our days, And his everlasting popularity may have given rise to some sort of legendary stories, the truth was so much simpler.
And, there is actually a notated score for this piece that I have further annotated myself with Mozart's talking / comments and the mocking laughter written in -- as he is playing the score:
How about the score?
Everyone already knows that the Amadeus movie was not very factual -- however, the point of the post was to share the SCORE above with my own annotations of Mozart's comments added to the playing -- it is exactly as Tim Hulce does this as he sort of fake performs the playing -- have been playing through the piece myself and find it to be rather fun to play while adding in the vocal comments -- and, it's not that hard!
Does anyone else like the score and want to give it a go?
People who enjoy the movie as much as I do (over the years I have seen it about 25 times in three languages), most recently (before COVID) with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra playing the music (Amadeus, Live!) might enjoy this documentary: