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Tuesday Jan 27, 2009
Mozart or Muzak
In An Artist Empowered, I use Amadeus to make a point about envy, talent, and genius. Here is an excerpt.
In the 1984 film, Amadeus, adapted from the play of the same name by Peter Shaffer, the playwright dramatizes a popular urban legend in the world of classical music: the alleged rivalry between two composers in the late 18th century court of Austrian Emperor Joseph II, the musical king.
There is the official royal Italian-born composer Antonio Salieri; and the newcomer, the Austrian prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Although the film is fiction, the story is portrayed in such a convincing narrative that many take it as being historically accurate—which it isn’t.