Amadeus

Music

  • The Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
  • The Choruses
    • Academy Chorus of St Martin In The Fields, conducted by Laszlo Heltay
    • Ambrosian Opera Chorus, conducted by John McCarthy
    • The Choristers of Westminster Abbey, conducted by Simon Preston
  • Instrumental soloists
    • Concerto for Piano in E-flat, K. 482, performed by Ivan Moravec
    • Concerto for Piano in D minor, K. 466, performed by Imogen Cooper
    • Adagio in C minor for Glass Harmonica, K. 617, performed by Thomas Bloch with The Brussels Virtuosi, conducted by Marc Grauwels
  • Parody backgrounds: San Francisco Symphony Chorus
  • "Caro mio ben" by Giuseppe Giordani: Michele Esposito, soprano

Original soundtrack album

Film composer John Strauss won a Grammy Award for producing the soundtrack to the film.[13]

(all composed by Mozart except as noted)

  • Disc one
  1. Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183, first movement
  2. Stabat Mater: Quando Corpus Morietur and Amen (Pergolesi – performed by the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, directed by Simon Preston)
  3. Early 18th Century Gypsy Music: Bubak and Hungaricus
  4. Serenade for Winds, K. 361, third movement
  5. The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384, Turkish Finale
  6. Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201, first movement
  7. Piano Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365, third movement
  8. Mass in C minor, K. 427, "Kyrie"
  9. Symphonie Concertante, K. 364, first movement
  • Disc two
  1. Piano Concerto in E-flat, K. 482, third movement
  2. The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492, act 3, "Ecco la marcia"
  3. The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492, act 4, "Ah, tutti contenti"
  4. Don Giovanni, K. 527, act 2, Commendatore scene
  5. Zaide K. 344, aria, "Ruhe sanft"
  6. Requiem, K. 626, "Introitus" (orchestra introduction)
  7. Requiem: "Dies irae"
  8. Requiem: "Rex tremendae majestatis"
  9. Requiem: "Confutatis"
  10. Requiem: "Lacrimosa"
  11. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, second movement

The original soundtrack to Amadeus reached #56 on Billboard's album charts, making it one of the most popular recordings of classical music ever. All of the tracks were composed by Mozart, save an early Hungarian folk tune and the final movement Quando Corpus Morietur et Amen by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, from his famous Stabat Mater.

The film features some music that is not included on the original soundtrack album release. As stated above, except where specified, all tracks were performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, and all were performed specifically for use in the film. According to the film commentary by Forman and Schaffer, Marriner agreed to score the film if Mozart's music was completely unchanged from Mozart's original scores. Marriner did add some notes to Salieri's music that are noticeable in the beginning of the film, as Salieri begins his confession.

Music featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack album (but included in a later extended version):

  • The Magic Flute, overture
  • The Magic Flute, "Das klinget so herrlich"
  • The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria ("Der Hölle Rache") performed by June Anderson
  • The Magic Flute, "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen..." (Papageno) and "Pa-pa-gena! ... Pa-pa-geno!" (Papageno and Papagena) performed by Brian Kay and Gillian Fisher
  • Axur, re d'Ormus, "Son queste le speranze...", Salieri's opera shown in the beginning of the film
  • Die Entführung aus dem Serail, "Martern aller Arten", first opera that Mozart conducts in the film
  • The Marriage of Figaro, "Non più andrai"
  • The Marriage of Figaro, "Cinque...dieci...venti...trenta...", scene where Figaro (Samuel Ramey) is measuring a space for his wedding bed
  • Don Giovanni, "La ci darem la mano" appears as a parody sung as "Give me a hoof my darling, and I'll give you my heart"
  • Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, first movement
  • Harpsichord piece in F major, K. 33B, played when Mozart is a child at the harpsichord (while blindfolded), then on the violin (without blindfold).
  • Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K. 450, third movement, played in the theatrical version when Mozart is walking through Vienna carrying a bottle of champagne, and in the director's cut when Mozart is teaching a girl to play the piano and is interrupted by barking dogs.
  • The 'improvisation', "in the manner of Johann Sebastian Bach" is based on the duetto "Vivat Bacchus!" from Die Entführung aus dem Serail'.

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