A Contextual History of Amadeus


Mozart's Early Life


Mozart and his sister tour Europe with their father as musical prodigies.
Catherine the Great becomes Empress of Russia

Musical Beginnings

Approx. 1764

Mozart composes his first Symphony (Symphony in E flat)

Mozart's Career in Opera Begins


Mozart composes his first opera, archbishop of Salzburg gives him charge over his orchestra



Mozart travels through Italy and changes his middle name to the Italian/Latin version Amadeus (from Gottlieb)

Salieri composes the music for a libretto to a comic opera, rises to higher standing

Boston Tea Party


Mozart composes Piano Concerto in D, No. 5
Boston Tea Party occurs in response to British taxation

Symphony in A, No. 29


Mozart composes Symphony in A, No. 29
Salieri appointed Viennese Kammer Komponist (music director)
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette ascend the throne

Mozart Leaves Salzburg


Mozart is removed from his position by the Archbishop of Salzburg, he moves with his mother, falls in love with Aloysia Weber, and then his mother dies.

Mozart Marries


Mozart (a scandalous, rakish man) married Constanze Weber, sister of Aloysia
Salieri travels to Paris, yet began to lose recognition for his operas (which were not received as well as they had previously been)

Inducted into Viennese Society


Mozart joins the Secret Society of the Freemasons (of which Salieri is a part)

The End of Mozart's Life

Approx. 1791

Mozart composes The Magic Flute and Requiem in D minor, then dies without finishing the latter at the age of 35

The French Revolution begins, nobles flee France

The Freemasons begin to disintegrate due to antagonistic feeling towards the nobility