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Rock Me Amadeus (Falco)

- The Austrian composers:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

- The English dramatist:

Peter Shaffer

- The French queen:

Marie Antoinette

-The relationship:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
was an Austrian composer and pianist. Many people think he was one of the best composers of music of all time. He was born in the city of Salzburg on January 27, 1756. During his short life he wrote over 600 pieces of music, including the operas (music with a story) Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. His first work was a minuet (a dance) that he wrote when he was four, and end with his last piece, the Requiem, which he left unfinished. Mozart could play the piano when very young and he was known as a great piano player as well as a great composer. He died on December 5, 1791 when he was 35 years old, because of rheumatic fever.
On his 1762 visit to Schonbrunn, the Austrian royal palace, Mozart, playing with the young princesses, slipped on a polished floor. Bursting into tears, he was picked up and comforted by a seven-year-old Marie Antoinette. Mozart then kissed the future queen of France: "You are nice," he declared. "I will marry you."

Peter Shaffer's Amadeus is a 1984 musical film directed by Miloš Forman and written by Peter Shaffer. Adapted from Shaffer's stage play Amadeus, the story is based loosely on the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, two composers who lived in Vienna, Austria, during the latter half of the 18th century. The movie won many Academy Awards.

Johann (Hans) Hölzel (19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian pop and rock musician. Born in Vienna on February 19, 1957, Hans Hölzel was the sole survivor of triplets. He began to show signs of unusual musical talent very early. As a toddler, he was able to keep time with the drumbeat in songs he heard on the radio. He was given a baby grand piano for his fourth birthday; a year later, his birthday gift was a record player which he used to play music by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and the Beatles. At age five, he auditioned for the Vienna Music Academy, where it was confirmed that he had perfect pitch. Falco recorded "Rock Me Amadeus" inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, and the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. With "Rock Me Amadeus", Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a #1 single in all mainstream U.S. pop singles charts.

The song's music video mixed elements of Mozart's time with modern times; early on, Falco is shown in a modern dinner jacket walking past people in eighteenth-century formal wear. Later, he is shown dressed as Mozart, with wild coloured hair, being held on the shoulders of men dressed in modern motorcycle-riding gear. At the end, the two crowds mix together.

There were several theories as to what caused Mozart's death. The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at 1:00 am on 5 December 1791 at the age of 35, following a short illness. The causes of his death are not yet clear. Medicine was in a primitive state in Mozart's day, and it was impossible at the time to determine what had caused the composer's death. The entry for Mozart in the parish register says he died of "severe miliary fever", which only describes his symptoms ("miliary" means "having millet-sized bumps on the skin"), not the actual disease. The most sensational hypothesis for what killed Mozart, which spread as a rumour after his death, was that he was poisoned by his composer colleague Antonio Salieri. However, these rumours were likely false; the symptoms that Mozart showed were unlikely indications of poisoning. Despite denying the allegations, Salieri was greatly affected by the accusation, which contributed to nervous breakdowns in later life. Some ascribe Mozart's death to malpractice on the part of his physician, Dr. Closset. A recent suggestion is that Mozart died, ironically, as a result of his hypochondria and his predilection to taking patent medicines containing antimony. If this suggestion is correct, he thus accidentally poisoned himself with antimony. Recent studies by a panel of experts have concluded that Mozart died of natural causes. Physicians at the University of Maryland, Baltimore concluded that Mozart died from rheumatic fever. Among the physicians was a Mozart scholar, who said that although rheumatic fever was the most likely diagnosis, it will probably never be possible to confirm it as the indisputable cause of death, though it is highly unlikely that Mozart died of unnatural causes.

As to Falco, there were also numerous rumours concerning his death. Falco died of severe injuries received from a collision with a bus in his Mitsubishi car near the city of Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic on 6 February 1998, just two weeks before his 41st birthday. It was initially reported that the autopsy showed high blood levels of alcohol and cocaine, however this was later dismissed. At the time of his death, he was planning a monumental comeback. He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) in Vienna, Austria.

- The video:

Mozart vs Salieri: the funniest part from the film Amadeus.