Salieri on Mozart’s music.
Serenade No. 10 In B Flat: III. Adagio
This is the piece that Salieri describes in that scene.
It might be my favorite movement in all of Mozart’s music. But that’s like picking my favorite bourbon.,
On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse - bassoons and basset horns - like a rusty squeezebox.
And then, suddenly - high above it - an oboe. A single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took it 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 seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.
The whole of Serenade No. 10.