“Astounding! It was actually, it was beyond belief. But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head! Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall. It was clear to me that sound I had heard in the Archbishop’s palace had been no accident. Here again was the very voice of God! I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink-strokes at an absolute beauty.”
— Amadeus (1984), screenplay by Peter Shaffer based on his original stage play
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Period Piece, suggested by @etom212.
Trivia: Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer spent four months adapting the very stylized play into a workable script. They added characters such as the priest, maid, archbishop, and mother-in-law; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s character was enlarged beyond Antonio Salieri’s perceptions; and Salieri’s monologues were reworked visually.
Dialogue On Dialogue: One can imagine transplanting Salieri to contemporary times and he’d still come across as an officious snob. Grounded in a period piece, the effect is intensified.
Daily Dialogue — February 13, 2017