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Friday, July 26, 2019

"Amadeus" and the academy

Keith Humphrey (Stanford Medicine) discusses how the movie Amadeus reflects life in the academy--specifically, how fortunate one is to be Salieri even if he cannot be Mozart.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 26, 2019 at 10:03 AM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Given that Salieri is now making a comeback in the repertoire (see, e.g., https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/06/03/antonio-salieris-revenge), another moral of the story might be that there's always hope.... (And keep in mind that Salieri was a big-time opera-composing star until, say, 1795, quite competitive with Mozart, so his example is cold comfort to those of us who have not yet had our 15 minutes, even pre-mortem).

Posted by: Rick Hills | Aug 1, 2019 5:13:43 PM

Unlike Derek apparently, I actually found this to be a rather thought-proving analogy. Thank you for posting.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 26, 2019 3:51:13 PM

Give it another decade and we'll have pieces discussing how Friends reflects life in the academy--specifically how fortunate one is to be Phoebe Buffet because not everyone even has a coffee shop that will let them play guitar for tips.

Posted by: Derek Tokaz | Jul 26, 2019 3:44:23 PM

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