The Real Story of Antonio Salieri
Paperback Reprint edition (March 1994), usually ships within 24 hours.
Today Antonio Salieri is largely famous as Mozart's rival and, possibly,
murderer. The play and movie Amadeus have revived the old legend.
Rather few people also know Salieri's work, which only in recent years
has begun to be performed again. In this first biography of Salieri in 160
years we discover that Salieri was one of the most important opera
composers of his time; the success of several of his over forty operas was
spectacular. In Vienna, where Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt were
among his pupils, he was the most influential personage in the music
world, and he was celebrated throughout Europe - from Naples to
Copenhagen, and from Lisbon to Moscow. Braunbehrens examines the
composer's life and carefully analyzes his relationship with Mozart, tracing
the legends surrounding their relationship back to their sources and setting
the record straight. We come to realize that only posterity placed Salieri in
Mozart's shadow. The author also discusses in detail all of Salieri's
operas, both the libretti and the music. With Maligned Master he has
written an important document for everybody interested in the history of
from Baton Rouge, LA , August 3, 1999
Very Informative, But Too Technical.This book is a long-overdue tribute to a much and unfairly maligned operatic genius of classical Italian music, who was one of Beethoven's teachers. The book contains not only a Salieri biography, but a detailed history of the opera in to Salieri's day and rightly regards him as the successor of Gluck's reform operas. The major fault of the book is that it will appeal mainly to musicians and musical historians rather than the general reader due to its over-technical nature with regard to some areas. Still, the best book about Salieri's life and art.