Happy Belated Birthday, Mozart!

Hi everyone!  Yesterday was Mozart’s birthday.  We celebrated by watching the excellent movie “Amadeus”!  It is still one of our favorite movies.  There are a couple of our favorite scenes which especially show the genius of this movie: through brilliantly vivid, emotional description by Salieri of the “Adagio” from “Serenade for Winds, K 361”, it allows everybody, even non-musicians,  to fully appreciate the music as if they shared Salieri’s deep knowledge and love of music.  He directs our ears to all the things that make it so gorgeous, and he describes his feelings about it with such emotion that we can’t help but hear the beauty just as he does.

The second scene, probably our absolute favorite, is when Mozart is on his deathbed, writing the “Confutatis” of the Requiem Mass, and Salieri is writing down the music according to Mozart’s dictation.  In this scene, the brilliant screenwriters let the audience hear the layers of this powerful and beautiful piece one by one – just as Salieri hears each for the first time.  Then the scene culminates with the full choir and orchestra performance of the piece.  It is SO exciting to listen to each part separately and hear how beautiful they each are on their own – and then hear the final result of putting them all together!  It allows us to hear the piece more completely and appreciate it all the more.

This clip is unfortunately the only one we found of this scene.  But it drives us CRAZY because somehow they managed to have the music come out a half-tone SHARP in this video!  So the piece doesn’t have quite the right feeling or “fire”, because it’s too high and too fast.  Also, the song is incomplete.  So, please view this one despite the irritating key-change and incomplete music….We hope to replace this with a better version very soon!

 

 

Please enjoy these clips from the film!  And if you haven’t seen “Amadeus” yet, we HIGHLY recommend it!

4 comments

  1. Mark Morrisson · · Reply

    Love it! The play is terrific, too. I’m a big fan of Shaffer’s work. Equus is amazing, too, though a whole lot bleaker than Amadeus.

  2. I read your post last night and I had to come back and comment because the songs have been stuck in my head all day! And I just adore the way the old Salieri describes the first song. It has been way too long since I watched that movie; need to pull it out again. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I know — we can’t get the songs out of our heads either! I just love having that amazing music on continuous play in my head. We are seriously thinking about watching it a second time soon. But we really want to get the Blu-ray — they have several special features and 20 minutes of extra footage in the movie, and this old dvd has NOTHING! Plus, you actually have to turn it over to watch the second half of the movie….ugh.

  3. Joe Phillipps · · Reply

    Just watched the entire film. Utterly loved it!

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