Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Memorable Monologue: Amadeus

"On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse - bassoons and basset horns - like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly - high above it - an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing the very voice of God."

~ F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984)

1 comment:

Benny Paul said...

Ahh yeah! Amadeus... def. one of the greatest ever stories about art.
I think my favorite line from Amadeus, though, is "I am the patron saint of mediocrity, and I absolve you all."