The musicologist adds a hypnotic scrolling score to the most powerful scene in…

April 25, 2022, 7:05 PM | Updated: April 27, 2022, 12:40 PM

Scene ‘Confutatis’, from Amadeus.

Photo: YouTube/Martin González


The scrolling music of Mozart’s Requiem reveals just how well the final scene of “Amadeus” is performed.

The much-loved 1984 film Amedee is filled with so many unforgettable musical moments on the big screen. But this one is even more special when illuminated by the actual score.

The film classic, from writer Peter Shaffer and director Miloš Forman, tells the dramatic and romanticized story of a fatal rivalry between Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Italian composer, full of creative and professional jealousy, conspires to bring about the physical and emotional end of Mozart.

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In the iconic clip, Mozart is bedridden and in terminal decline. He transcribed his last work to the villain of the film. Salieri writes as the ‘Confutatis’ of his Requiem is dictated, first part by part, and note by note. Then, in a moment of dizzying magic, it quickly becomes a torrent of intertwining lines as the work takes shape in the composer’s mind.

It is a masterpiece of cinema, with an electric connection between the two actors, filled with the fire of creativity, the power of music and the transcendent genius of Mozart.

However, a new level of magic is found in this inspired rendering, which places a scrolling score of Mozart’s actual music alongside the scene from the film. It really makes you appreciate the intensity of everything right now – watch it below.

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The text of the ‘Confutatis’ is an ancient text of the Latin rites. It is a cry for protection from the eternal fires of damnation, and a plea to be called among the blessed – a poignant text for a composer at the end of his life.

Social media users marveled at the revelation of this scene and score juxtaposition.

“I never really appreciated that scene being really well written and how well the actors really had to know the music, until I saw it tied to the score,” Reddit user Maybe123Wow said.

“The level of detail and precision in the scene is a marvel to behold,” said another.

In the movie, after that Requiem stage, Salieri admits that Mozart is the greatest composer the world has ever known. Just try looking at this and thinking differently.

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