"Amadeus was inspired by Mozart and Salieri, a short play by Aleksandr Pushkin and later adapted into an opera of the same name by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Shaffer then adapted the play for a film released in 1984," according to Wikipedia. Above Murray Abraham in the role of a lifetime as Mozart's tormented rival Antonio Salieri.
Our old friend Sippy reminds us that this date, January 27, is the 254th anniversary of the birth of the "beloved of God," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a clip from that most totally awesome of movies (We're Republican so watch movies, not films), Amadeus. This quotation by the beloved of God's tormented rival Salieri, as spoken in old age within the asylum, is heart stopping:
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.
Don't know whether that was the sheer genius and poetry of screenwriter Peter Shaffer or adapted from Salieri's journals, but it's music to our ears. Click here to hear "the very voice of God" at Vladimir Horowitz's fingertips.