Monday, March 21, 2005

Life is so unfair. Just ask Salieri

This was no Faustian bargain, Thornton explained, but a sincere promise from a devout young boy to serve God all his life if he could only be a great composer.
What Salieri became instead was a good, competent composer - not so mediocre as Shaffer portrays him - whose world-view was rocked when he bumped into pure genius in a man he considered undeserving. As Shaffer tells it, at least, the result was a murderous "war [that Salieri] fought with God through his 'preferred creature' Amadeus."

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