Mozart and Salieri (play)

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Mozart and Salieri (Russian: «Мо́царт и Салье́ри», romanizedMótsart i Sal'yéri) is a poetic drama by Alexander Pushkin. The play was written in 1830 as one of his four short plays known as The Little Tragedies, and was published in 1832. Based on one of the numerous rumours caused by the early death of Mozart, it features only three characters: Mozart, Antonio Salieri, and a non-speaking part in the blind fiddler whose playing Mozart finds hilarious, and Salieri is appalled by. It was the only one of Pushkin's plays that was staged during his lifetime.

The relationship between the two composers was also dealt with in 1832's "Szenen aus Mozarts Leben", a singspiel by Albert Lortzing.

Mozart and Salieri was the inspiration for Peter Shaffer's 1979 play Amadeus, which Shaffer adapted for the 1984 film of the same name.


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