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Amadeus is the title of a stage play written in 1979 by Peter Shaffer, loosely based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Amadeus was inspired by Mozart and Salieri, a short play by Aleksandr Pushkin (later adapted into an opera of the same name by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov), and was itself later adapted into the film Amadeus. The title refers to a name that Mozart often used (he was baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) as a pen name. It is a Latinization of the Greek Theophilos, which Mozart in turn sometimes Germanized as "Gottlieb". All three names translate to "beloved of God" or "God-lover" (hence Shaffer's decision to title his play Amadeus, a reference to Salieri's relationship with God in the play and his perception of Mozart's musical gifts as a sign of divine favor). The play makes use of Mozart's music (as well as that of a few other composers, including Salieri). At the opening of the tale, Salieri is an old...This information was automatically generated from Freebase article Amadeus. You should replace/update it...