But didn't Salieri make the production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio difficult by placing all sorts of obstacles in the way, going so far as to send an audience to boo the opera when he could not stop it from happening?
From what I understand, that is the most notable example of Salieri acting as antagonist toward Mozart, but it is said that he created other obstacles as well, most likely to protect his own position. I don't buy the Salieri killed Mozart theory, but I do not think his actions were not that of a friend.
Perhaps Salieri believed that he was responsible for Mozart's death. By placing obstacles in his way, Salieri kept Mozart from obtaining a post that he obviously deserved. Thus Mozart lived in poverty, which may have contributed to the illness that ultimately took is life at a young age. Salieri may have been filled with guilt because of this, and it may have been what drove him mad. So in his mind he may have felt he did kill Mozart, just not in the literal sense.
Am I incorrect? Were the obstacles placed by Salieri another part of Pushkin's fiction, or did the really occur?
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Gentleman! You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!