The Antonio Salieri Rumour
Although he was one of the most important Viennese composers of his time, he is mainly remembered today as the villain in Peter Shaeffer’s 1979 play Amadeus. The play, which was later made into a film of the same name in 1984, presents Salieri as a mediocre musician who becomes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s archenemy out of jealousy. After sabotaging Mozart’s career and having a role in his death, Salieri eventually ends up in an insane asylum following a suicide attempt. In a futile effort to be remembered, Salieri leaves behind a confession that he had poisoned the great composer but eventually dies in obscurity.
Fortunately for Salieri’s legacy, none of this is true.
While the movie is entertaining on it’s own merits. Antonio Salieri did not poison Mozart, he was not a mediocre musician, Salieri and Mozart were not bitter enemies (actually they had a cordial relationship), Salieri did not make a deathbed confession and he did not die in an insane asylum. Yet despite all the inaccuracies in the movie, Antonio Salieri did enjoy a resurgence of interest in his music, was subject of increasing academic study, and a small number of his operas have returned to the stage. In addition, there is now a Salieri Opera Festival sponsored by the Fondazione Culturale Antonio Salieri and dedicated to rediscovering his work and those of his contemporaries. In 2001, his triple concerto was used in the soundtrack of The Last Castle, featuring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini.
Final Resting Place:
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof
Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Vienna,
Grave Location:Gruppe 0, Reihe 1, Grab Nr. 54
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery through Tor 2 (Gate 2) drive straight ahead past the stripped crosswalk and take the second left turn. Drive towards the Zentralfriedhof Hall 1 on your left and when you come to the end of the building, turn left and drive to the end of the road. Take a right when the road ends at the perimeter of the cemetery grounds and drive to the intersection where the road splits and park your car. Look to your left for the final resting place along the wall of Antonio Salieri.