What was Mozarts enemys name?
There is a well-known legend that Antonio Salieri was mad with jealousy toward the gifted Wolfgang Amade Mozart and tried to ruin him. Some versions of this popular legend go so far as to suggest that Salieri murdered Mozart by poisoning him.
Mozart's gifts would tempt any musician to feel jealous; however, there is almost no evidence of envy and animosity. Salieri had a very successful career and composed a large body of music that was highly regarding during his lifetime and still is today. While it may not have the "perfection" associated with some of Mozart's music, Salieri was a master who wrote brilliant music. There are many indications that Mozart and Salieri had a friendly professional relationship. On several occasions when Salieri organized and led performances, he chose to perform music by Mozart.
So, where did such an idea come from? Mozart himself is partly to blame. In one letter to his father he expressed a slightly paranoid opinion that Salieri was trying to sabotage a certain career opportunity that Mozart was seeking. Then, shortly after these two composers were dead, the writer Pushkin created a fictionalized account of their lives that presented Salieri as overcome with envy. The story has circulated in different forms ever since. The spirit of the times may have been partly to blame, too, because in the early nineteenth century the notion of a "romantic hero" had really taken off. The story of other composers being driven to madness by their jealousy of Mozart's superhuman greatness fit neatly with the legend of Mozart as romantic hero. The mythology got another big boost with the 1984 Milos Forman film Amadeus.