Amadeus - Music 110D 2007 Summer Session I Mozart's...

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Music 110D 2007 Summer Session I Mozart’s Portrait in the Movie Amadeus The characterization of Mozart in the movie Amadeus was based on popular myths whereas the Mozart portrayed in the biographical accounts and letters proved a different Mozart. The movie, Amadeus, portrays Mozart as a poorly socialized “jokester” ( Amadeus ) performing dirty jokes in public and acting lewdly. This Mozart character had a distinct laugh and consistently referred to him as being a vulgar man. In front of the emperor, Joseph the Second, Mozart talks with a potty mouth and berates him and others. He constantly says the rudest comments in public without thinking about their consequences followed by that laugh. This behavior would have been unacceptable during his time and especially among the nobility. For someone whose father strived for Mozart to make social connection and to raise himself above the classes, Mozart should have acted as if he had a better upbringing than portrayed in the movie. He did not appear to be someone who wanted to make friends or one to want to elevate his social standing in the movie. Based on the fact that his teaching services were requested by the Princess of Wurtemburg and that Mozart had a lot of pupils, illustrated that his teaching and character was respectable. There is a scene in Amadeus where Mozart says “It's all right here in my noodle. The rest is just scribbling, scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling”. The point that the movie was trying to make was that Mozart was a genius who did not have to
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write down anything, could commit anything to memory, and never had to re-write anything. The movie assumed that everything Mozart did was perfect and that he could write a score once as the music flowed through his head. Mozart’s compositional techniques required quite a deal more work than the movie suggested. “For Mozart, composing usually meant painstakingly hard work, often as an extremely strenuous and time-consuming task that did not at all resemble the business of a stenographer merely recording what appeared to be divine musical messages” (Wolff). Mozart spent a lot of time re-writing his pieces. Salieri claims in the movie that Mozart was able to write music as if he was
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2008 for the course MUS 110D taught by Professor Rohde during the Summer '08 term at UC Davis.

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