Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Mozart Minute: Mozart and Salieri – From Russia With Love, Part 1
In the stage play and film Amadeus, the composer Antonio Salieri is portrayed as envious of the young Mozartâ€™s genius to the point of murder. But Amadeus the play and the film were not the first dramatic works to take up the theme of Salieriâ€™s envy.
An earlier work far less well known to us today was Rimsky-Korsakovâ€™s opera Mozart and Salieri, based on Pushkinâ€™s drama of the same name.Â
The opera unfolds a dialogue between the two title characters, covering various moments in their relationship, leading up to the end, when Mozart lies dying from poisoning, implicitly at Salieriâ€™s hands. In one of the operaâ€™s episodes, Mozart improvises at the keyboard; in another he tells Salieri the story of the mysterious man in black who commissioned him to compose a Requiem.
Of course, opera being opera, the Mozart character had to die in Rimskyâ€™s opera. Â But in the final scenes, thereâ€™s still a place for Mozartâ€™s immortal music.