Composer born August 18. No it’s not Mozart. It’s Salieri.


No it’s not Mozart. It’s Salieri. Poor guy, still taking second to Mozart. Or maybe he would have been forgotten entirely if it hadn’t been for his association with Wolfgang. Remember Amadeus.

Antonio Salieri (Legnago, 18 August 1750 – Vienna, 7 May 1825) was a Venetian classical composer, conductor and teacher born in the Republic of Venice, but who spent his adult life and career as a faithful subject of the Habsburg Monarchy.

…..In the 1780s while Mozart lived and worked in Vienna, he and his father Leopold wrote in their letters that several “cabals” of Italians led by Salieri were actively putting roadblocks in the way of Mozart’s obtaining certain posts or staging his operas.[citation needed] At the beginning of the 19th century, increasing German nationalism led to a tendency to exalt the Austrian Mozart’s character, while the Venetian Salieri was given the role of his evil antagonist.[39] Carl Maria von Weber, a relative of Mozart by marriage[40] whom Wagner has characterized as the most German of German composers, is said to have refused to join Ludlams-Höhle, a social club of which Salieri was a member and avoided having anything to do with him.[41] These rumors then made their way into popular culture. Albert Lortzing’s Singspiel Szenen aus Mozarts Leben LoWV28 (1832) uses the cliché of the jealous Salieri trying to hinder Mozart’s career.

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  1. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the movie, Tom Hulce was outstanding as Mozart!

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