By Antonio Cabrero
When preparing the production of the film Amadeus, Milos Forman contacted Sir Neville Marriner, founder and director of the Saint Martin in the Fields Orchestra, who had a reputation as the best Mozartians in the world.
The Score for the Movie Amadeus and Beethoven’s Second Symphony
The San Miguel International Symphony
Thu, Mar 17, 6pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
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Sir Neville suggested that the music as was composed was going to make the perfect score—no cuts or changes—and under these terms, he would make the recordings for it.
Our orchestra is attempting to perform the complete catalogue of Mozart’s music used in the movie in the course of several concerts. The first concert of the series will include operatic excerpts from Don Giovanni, Mozart’s most famous opera.
The concert will start with the overture to the opera, then some scenes will be rendered with the music intact as Sir Neville demanded. It will be particularly interesting to render this music without the voice and bring to light how well done the music is, with the voice line always doubled and protected by some instrument or other. Be prepared to hear it in its original instrumental perfection.
The second half of the concert is another perfect symphony, Beethoven’s Second Symphony, still devoted to the Mozartian rules, but with a new force and energy that no one could contain or explain at the time.
By then Mozart was no longer on this planet, but surely Beethoven would have gone to beg his permission for such a tribute, one which Mozart would have gladly granted.