The Mozart Myth
Gregory Hayes, in Hu-The Mozart Myth manities (Mar.-Apr. 1991), National Endowment for the Hu-
rnanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
In the Oscar-winning 1984 film Amadeus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1 756-9 1) was made out to be a silly genius, in dramatic contrast to his rival Antonio Salieri, a pi- ous mediocrity. The portrayal, writes Hayes, a pianist and harpsichordist, was only the latest variant of the mythic Mo- zart, a popular creation that has overshad- owed the man...