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Crowning Music of Awesome: Mozart was arguably the greatest composer in history, and Salieri was no slouch himself. Both of their music—but especially Mozart's—is featured throughout the film.
Subverted in one case: Salieri's opera was fantastic, and was played completely straight, but numerous characters are shown yawning through it.
One could argue that it was perhaps the way Salieri remembers that opera. Or that he was focusing on the worst among the audience. It wouldn't be surprising, considering he thought himself to be so inferior to his rival.
As an explanation of the opera, what Salieri is doing here is basically catering to the lowest common denominator. He's giving the audience a big bang at the end of the show so that they know when to applaud. The sound mix deliberately emphasizes this; all the instruments mix together into an overwhelming blur of sound with no clarity to it. It's not bad, just unimaginative. Salieri hates himself for not being able to do better than this.
At the beginning, Salieri plays snippets of his music to the confessor, who admits never hearing them before. When he plays a third snippet, the priest exclaims "Oh I've heard that" only for Salieri to reveal that third bit was Mozart's...
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Talent and character are completely unrelated. A handful of rare individuals are born special, for no reason or merit, a few others are sharp enough to see talent in others but do not have it themselves and are doomed to carry the burden of mediocrity. And most people are just mindless morons.
Not necessarily. It could be that some people are more obscenely talented than others, but you still shouldn't let envy get the better of you and let it take over your life.
Perhaps the best message to take from it is "Bitterness and envy will destroy You and comparing Yourself to others is a waste of Your own talents". Though don't piss off God is also a good message.
Yet some more readings are possible: that blind obeisance and faith can cause disappointment and even cause people to do the wrong thing, or at the very least Salieri's expectations about God were misplaced - i.e. he expected to be "given" his talents in exchange for his good services, while the reality is that we have no way of knowing who can be Mozart.
Foe Yay: Salieri and Mozart...oh, where to start? Notably, Mozart died soon after Constanze came back and took the Requiem away from him. This happened just after she promises to be a better wife, showing that Salieri shared something with him that she didn't: a love for music.
Salieri: "He was my idol. Mozart, I can't think of a time when I didn't know his name."
Fridge Brilliance: Why is the title of the movie "Amadeus" when it is actually about Salieri? Perhaps it is because even in the name of the film about him, Salieri is pushed aside in favor of the more famous and successful Mozart, whose freaking middle name is so recognizable that anyone who hears it will immediately think of him.
Amadeus also means "God's beloved". Salieri's Blasphemous Boast makes more sense now, doesn't it?
How did Salieri know the parts of his story that he wasn't there for and had no ear to listen for him?
He's a good guesser?
That, or he's making it up entirely.
Notice how some of the operas are translated into English (The Magic Flute and its parody) while the others are left in the original Italian? It's because those others were written in German, which is of course the language of conversation in Vienna. A very novel use of the Translation Convention.
Fridge Logic: Surely Salieri would have heard of Joseph Haydn, who was equally renowned for his music AND Much more successful in life than Mozart. Surely that would make him question if Mozart was truly God's [one] Instrument for his generation.
See Foe Yay. Salieri loved Mozart's music when he heard it. But then he met Mozart...
Mozart and Haydn held each other in very high regard, and Salieri must have disliked being the third wheel.
Genius Bonus: In the movie, when Mozart calls for different composers to imitate at the keyboard. Mozart's reaction to someone shouting to play it like Gluck ("Bo-ring!") is all the more funny when you know that Salieri was one of C. W. Gluck's most prized pupils.
Emperor Joseph's quip about the silent ballet: "I don't understand. Is it modern?" John Cage's 4'33" was composed in 1952, nearly three decades before Shaffer wrote Amadeus; it was often cited as an extreme example of "modern" music as no instruments are played in it.
Jerkass Woobie: Mozart. He's an obnoxious, vulgar nutjob with an annoying laugh, but you still can't help but feel bad for him. It helps that he has somewhat of a childish innocence about him too, and generally means well.
Hell, Salieri might even get points here too. A cold, snide, petty murderous bastard he may be but its clear that he absolutely hates himself and is reminded every day that there is someone better (who doesn't even appreciate their talent).