According to The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
, Antonio Salieri was an Italian composer who lived mainly in Vienna and died there: Ludwig van Beethoven
and Franz Schubert
were amongst his pupils. He intrigued against Wolfgang A. Mozart
, but the idea (as expressed in Rimsky-Korsakov' opera "Mozart and Salieri") that he poisoned Mozart is false. Wrote mainly Italian operas (including a "Falstaff", after Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"), but also 6 Masses, a "Passion" oratorio in Italian, 2 piano concertos, etc.