Quote 10-26-10

don_socalOctober 26, 2010

Salieri: Are you sure you can't leave these and, and come back again?

Constanze Mozart: It's very tempting sir, but it's impossible, I'm afraid. Wolfgang would be frantic if he found those were missing, you see they're all originals.

Salieri: Originals?

Constanze Mozart: Yes, sir, he doesn't make copies.

Salieri: These, are originals?

Salieri: But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.

Salieri: I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. God was singing through this little man to all the world, unstoppable, making my defeat more bitter with every passing bar.

Mozart: Sire, only opera can do this. In a play if more than one person speaks at the same time, it's just noise, no one can understand a word. But with opera, with music... with music you can have twenty individuals all talking at the same time, and it's not noise, it's a perfect harmony!

Salieri: On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse - bassoons and basset horns - like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly - high above it - an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing the very voice of God.


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Aah, my earworm of the day. The Oboe Divertimenti is stuck
in my head. Could not get much better.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 8:53AM
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    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 10:01AM
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Great movie...

Here is a link that might be useful: Mozart Vs Salieri

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 11:26AM
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One more, F. Murray Abraham was spectacular...

The music being described...

Mozart Serenade No 10 In B Flat Major K 361 III Adagio

Here is a link that might be useful: Salieri describing the music of Mozart

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 11:41AM
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