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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 character of Antonio Salieri and his obsessive jealously of Mozart To convey this plot it was necessary that Salieri had motives enough dislike Mozart So it was necessary to build a character that was extremely competent but with no talent at all to contrast with a genius who behaved badly With this Salieri would have reasons to be jealous As his first attempt to convey his plot Salieri is shown as a musical hack as we can see in this extract Bewildered MOZART does so halts and listens 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
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