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As someone that enjoyed the film Amadeus, I found this New Yorker article on Mozartís film nemesis rather enlightening.

Antonio Salieriís Revenge

Excerpt: Two centuries of calumny have created sympathy for the musical devil: I found Salieriís grave festooned with bouquets. These were evidence that the man and his music are enjoying a modest comeback. Of his forty-odd operas, more than a dozen have been revived, and artists such as Riccardo Muti, Cecilia Bartoli, and Christophe Rousset have pleaded his case. I was in Vienna to attend Roussetís performance of Salieriís French opera ďTarareĒ at the Theater an der Wien. A German-language biography of Salieri, by the composer and musicologist Timo Jouko Herrmann, was published earlier this year. In 2015, Herrmann discovered the score of a cantata, ďPer la ricuperata salute di Ofelia,Ē with one section composed by Salieri and another by Mozart. The find made clear what scholars have long known: that the two were more colleagues than rivals, and that their relationship was complicated mainly by Mozartís tendency to see plots arrayed against him.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/06/03/antonio-salieris-revenge

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