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The Fantastic Music of the Film Amadeus

By Antonio Cabrero

Those of us who saw the movie Amadeus enjoyed a highly artistic production where, although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life has been fictionalized, the anecdotes and some historic data give us an insight into the life and work of one of the most relevant figures in classical music history.

The Fantastic Music of the
Film Amadeus
Divided in two performances
Sat, Nov 28, 6:30pm
Sat, Dec 5, 6:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta

Many other features have been incorporated into the history for cinematic purposes, but fortunately the soundtrack of the movie was given to conductor Neville Marriner and his orchestra, the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Sir Neville Marriner was pleased to accept with one condition. The music of Mozart must be presented in its original form, no cuts, no alterations. This is the reason why our concerts can present not only the movements of the symphonies that appear in the movie, but the full symphonies in all the splendor and glory of their four movements (Symphonies 25 and 29).

Excerpts from two operas are used in the movie: Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. In our concerts, the overtures are rendered complete as are instrumental pieces such as the march of Figaro’s finale and the fandango, a delightful piece danced by Figaro in the opera.

Entertainment comes to a climax when selected arias are performed by our virtuoso soloists in instrumental form. A unique chance to hear the music behind the voice, we carry this concept to duets, giving the personalities and character to our soloists: cello for the male (Figaro, Leporello, or Don Giovanni) and a violin or flute for female (Susanna, Zerlina, etc.). The opera thus becomes a Sinfonia Concertante in Mozart’s style worth a hearing. Orquesta de Cámara de Guanajuato performs.


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