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Antonio Salieri (18th August 1750–7th May 1825) was an Italian composer and conductor. As the Austrian imperial Kapellmeister from 1788 to 1824, he was one of the most important and famous musicians of his time.

Raised in a prosperous family of merchants in Legnago, Salieri studied violin and harpsichord with his brother Francesco, who was a student of Giuseppe Tartini. After the early death of his parents, he moved to Padua, then to Venice, where he studied thoroughbass with Giovanni Battista Pescetti. There, he met Florian Leopold Gassmann in 1766, who invited him to attend the court of Vienna, and there trained him in composition based on Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum. Salieri remained in Vienna for the rest of his life. In 1774, after Gassmann’s death, Salieri was appointed court composer by Emperor Joseph II. He met Therese von Helferstorfer in 1774, and in the same year the two were married. The couple went on to have eight children. Salieri became Royal and Imperial Kapellmeister in 1788, a post which he held till 1824. He was president of the Tonkünstler-Societät (society of musical artists) from 1788 to 1795, vice-president after 1795, and in charge of its concerts until 1818.

Salieri attained an elevated social standing, and was frequently associated with other celebrated composers, such as Joseph Haydn and Louis Spohr. He played an important role in late 18th and early 19th century classical music.


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  • camune

    Was great

    10 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Amadeus is an awful film, tbh. But regarding composer, Salieri is a great composer, but not very great, though. Nothin special, I'll say.

    16 Jun 3:23pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    он весьма неплох, хотя и крайне исбыточен - в нем нет ни масонской энергетики Моцарта, ни музыкальной архитектуры Гайдна. вообще его музыка - неплохой саундтрек к вялой загибающейся диктатуре.

    28 Feb 1:40pm Reply
  • barrospablito

    Medíocre como eu! :-))

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LauHendrix

    CreamCat: ''It's obvious; "Salieri" in the movie is Milos Forman himself, while "Mozart" is Stanley Kubrick. I have a friend working at a hospital where Forman was treated once. My friend could hear him shout "I killed Stanley! I killed Stanley!" all night long...It's the truth, I swear!'' HAHAHA!!

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
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    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Musicalis

    Great music! Salieri is very good. Mozart is better, but I'm big fan of Salieri also.

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • giegiegiengsoel

    I'll just blame Amadeus for my being here. [3]

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • activewaste

    Although Salieri is not as great as Mozart, he's still a good composer, who doesn't deserve to be known only as the guy who killed Mozart in Amadeus, although at least that saved him from total obscurity. And he neither killed Mozart or drove him insane. They were rivals, yes, but in the positive sense, they both competed against and admired each other

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • McCoyMcFlyer

    Kinda funny how Mozart isn't a similar artist.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • McCoyMcFlyer

    I'll just blame Amadeus for my being here. [2]

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Vosalas

    I'll just blame Amadeus for my being here.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Devils_Chalice

    In Phil G. Goulding's 'Classical Music' you can read that ther're no proofs about Salieri killing Wolfgang, but he adduct him to madness, which killed him. I guess. The anonymous person with mask dressed in black, who ordered Requiem, was (?) named Leutgeb, the adult Mozart's favorite horn player. And in fact, it really doesn't matter cause Mozart never really died. Some things, in general, are just more beautiful while standing in the mist.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Claudio_00

    GOD !

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ArcTheseus

    He doesn't killed wolfi lol!

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Kim_Jong-il

    I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes... at an absolute beauty....

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • omnomnomlove

    he killed wolfi :O LOL oj :D yay for salieri in all his awesomeness.......

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • l4tency

    His legacy is only ruined for those ignorant of history.

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • Teobaldobra

    well, at least salieri is better known now.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Teobaldobra

    Thank you, pop culture, for ruining this poor man's legacy. [2]

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
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