Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Mozart and Salieri” brought together some illustrious musicians and helped create one Russian opera star.
“Amadeus” wasn’t the first dramatic work to take up the theme of Salieri’s envy of Mozart. Much earlier, Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri, had explored the same territory.
In the final scenes of Amadeus, Mozart dictates his Requiem Mass from his deathbed, however Mozart’s sister-in-law Sophie Heibel, tells a different story.
Sure, Mozart was a genius. But he wasn’t the only one.
Mozart obviously loved to compose. Except when he didn’t.
When Mozart got sacked from the only real job he ever had, he went freelance. And he made ends meet with a little help from his friends.
In this episode of Classical 101′s “Mozart Minutes” podcast, Mozart says his fiancee is “far from beautiful,” has “no wit” and “understands housekeeping.” Must be love!
It is no secret that Mozart enjoyed a good joke now and then.
A letter he wrote in October 1791 from Vienna to his wife Constanza tells of high jinx he brought about at a performance of his own Singspiel, The Magic Flute.
Did Mozart get the coat he so longed for in Episode One? How much did he have to shell out for it? And who was the Baroness von Waldstaetten, anyway? Find out, in Episode Two of Classical 101′s Mozart Minutes.
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