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Rivalry and jealousy play a central part in the plot of “Amadeus”. The two central characters, Mozart and Salieri, are locked in a conflict that in the end destroys them both. Mozart dies young and Salieri lives on to an old age a guilty and bitter man.

The system of patronage in 18th Century Europe played a great part in nurturing such rivalries.

Here are some areas of practical work arising from the system:

1.

In Pairs

Characters:- Emperor Joseph II Antonio Salieri

The Emperor Joseph is anxious to know what Salieri thinks of Mozart Salieri has seen the antics of Mozart and Constanze at the buffet before the concert but is unsure about how much his royal patron enjoyed Mozart’s work. How can Salieri put across his feelings about Mozart without the Emperor realising that he is jealous of the young Mozart?

2.

In Fours

Characters:- Pair 1 Constanze Mozart - Constanze’s Thoughts

Pair 2 Antonio Salieri - Salieri’s Thoughts

Constanze visits Salieri with examples of Mozart’s work. She is desperate to get him some work as they are running out of money. Salieri is surprised to see her and interested to see Mozart’s work. A conversation develops in which we not only hear what they say but also hear what they are thinking.

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