Amadeus

AmadeusAmbition And Jealousyall Set To Music Devout Court Composer Antonio Salieri Plots Against His Rival, The Dissolute But Supremely Talented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart How Far Will Salieri Go To Achieve The Fame That Mozart Disregards The Tony Award Winner For Best Play An LA Theatre Works Full Cast Performance Featuring Steven Brand As Baron Van Swieten James Callis As Mozart Michael Emerson As Salieri Darren Richardson As Venticello Alan Shearman As Count Orsini Rosenberg Mark Jude Sullivan As Venticello Simon Templeman As Joseph II Brian Tichnell As Count Johann Kilian Von Strack Jocelyn Towne As Constanze Directed By Rosalind Ayres Recorded In Los Angeles Before A Live Audience At The James Bridges Theater, UCLA In September Of . I had to update one time because I found the soundtrack online excitement overload Imagine that you are the most successful musician of the age You re the court composer You ve worked so hard for your role, and every action you take is dignified and intelligent You act sophisticated and regal, as an attempt to match your persona to the music Everyone respects your opinion and trusts you on all matters music Your name is Antonio Salieri, and you re about to meet your reckoningI looked on astounded as from his ordinary life he made his art We were both ordinary men, he and I Yet from the ordinary he created Legends and I from Legends created only the ordinary One day you hear rumours of a new composer He is said to be brilliant in his vibrancy You go and watch him perform an opera and you collapse You fall to your knees and you weep You weep like you ve never have before because you know that this man is better than you He has a gift, a talent sent from god, one you wish for and one that you are mightily jealous of Nobody else quite understands his brilliance Everyone is dumb to music But you know You have to live with the knowledge that this man is the best musician of the age and nobody else knows.So what do you do with this brilliant man called Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart This man who is a complete naturalI pay no attention whatever to anybody s praise or blame I simply follow my own feelings Do you serve the music and help this man better himself Or do you think about your own vain image and try to destroy him so you can remain in your roles Despite your assertions Salieri of being wronged by this man s existence, you re the villain of this play You ruin him You destroy him And you break him You turn the individualistic Mozart, he who is essentially a mad genius, into a blubbering wreck Mainly because your stupid sense of self image is insulted that a man such as him, one who acts like a child and is loud and obnoxious, could be better than you.But, as hard as it is for me to say it, this is only one reading of this play In a weird sort of way, you could argue that Salieri s actions bring the best out of Mozart He pushes him to the depths of despair and depravity, and although he is destroyed in the process, he produces some wonderful music pieces in the journey Had this never happened he would still have created fine music, but it wouldn t have been the same music His later pieces in the play were fuelled by woe and misery they took on a different shape and form The two men become bound together through the jealously of the lesser He tails on Mozart s achievements with the ultimate goal of being remembered as a shaping form in his destiny even if it is for baser reasons At the core of things Salieri is very human, though a greater man would have realised his folly and acted in the benefits of the arts first This is a beautifully conflicted play, and whist it is enjoyable to read, it is best to be seen The version I watched last night in a live screening the images I have included in this review are from the version was stunning Hearing the music alongside the performance is essential. 1 99 Adagio. I saw a production of the brilliant play Amadeus in London s West End, where it moved to in 1981, after its initial stunning and masterly debut at the National Theatre in 1979 The production was the same, with Peter Hall directing, starring Frank Finlay as the tortured Salieri, and Richard O Callaghan as the manic and crassly inappropriately behaved Mozart It also starred Morag Hood as Constanze Weber.The film a couple of years later became a well deserved favourite, but this was a breathtaking introduction to what has become a famous story about the tragically short life of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The young composer s sheer genius surpassed anything the established Viennese court composer Salieri could possibly create Salieri was an established figure a much celebrated conductor and composer of operas and other works He did not welcome a rival especially such a one as Mozart This uncouth insolent lad displayed all the anti social behaviour associated with Tourette s syndrome.An arrogant, lazy, buffoon of a boy, vulgarities spewing from his mouth, strutting around the stage offending all he met is seared into my memory Is this the composer who created such sublime music And did the composer Salieri, despairing of possibly competing with such talent, really view spoiler murder him hide spoiler

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer was an English dramatist, author of numerous award winning plays, several of which have been filmed.See also

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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Amadeus
  • Peter Shaffer
  • English
  • 16 June 2019
  • 9780060935498

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