Amadeus Dramatic Vs Historical

The play “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer was not written in order to be a biography of the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, much more than this, Peter Shaffer wrote it as a story, rather than a history. In his story he was free to insert fiction to make the play more interesting to a wide audience, as well as to fulfill his purposes. However, musicologists and historians have written several articles claiming that Peter Shaffer “trashed this immortal”. What none of them can see is that in “Amadeus” there are situations that are plausible while others are “fictional ornament”. In this paper I will make an attempt to point what is fiction or untruth.
The center of the play lies on the ...

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becoming aware of SALIERI playing his March of Welcome. It is an extremely banal piece, vaguely – but only vaguely - reminiscent of another march to become very famous later one.”
The truth is that Salieri was recognized as a great composer and that is the reason he was appointed as the court composer and imperial Kappelmeister. He had several students, including Beethoven, Liszt and Schubert. His operas were performed and acclaimed in Italy and France during 1778 to 1790. Unfortunately, his style lost worth and his works were no longer popular at the end of the XVIII century. However, showing Salieri as only a competent musician was intentional in order to convey the plot, which is the rivalry against Mozart’s artistic creativity and Salieri’s intellectual capacity.
Salieri held his posts in the court from 1774 until 1824. He died one year later in 1825 and in his last years he suffered from senility. During 1824 there was indeed the rumor in Vienna that someone had heard ...

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However, he boycotted Mozart inside the court. Mozart could have had the post to teach Princess Elizabeth:
JOSEPH: Herr Sommer. A dull man, surely? What of Mozart?
SALIERI: Majesty, I cannot with a clear conscience recommend Mozart to teach royalty. One hears too many stories.
JOSEPH: They may be just gossip.
SALIERI: One of them, I regret, relates to a protégée of my own. A very young singer.
JOSEPH: Charmant!
SALIERI: Not pleasant, Majesty, but true.
JOSEPH: I see… Let it be Herr Sommer, then.
And later, the emperor was willing to offer Mozart a post and a salary, to which Salieri objected.
JOSEPH: We must find him a post. (…) There’s Chamber Composer, now that Gluck is ...

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