Last month while doing research on Antonio Salieri, musicologist Timo Jouko Herrman came across a poem written by Viennese court poet Lorenzo Da Ponte that led him to discover a long-lost composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The piece has most likely not been played or heard for over 200 years.
Salieri was a well-known colleague and competitor of Mozart’s.
From CNN: “That 30-stanza poem was a part of a larger volume of work that included a long-lost composition written by Mozart, Salieri and relatively unknown composer Cornetti, the foundation said.
The rediscovered work of art indicates that Mozart-Salieri rivalry was not as bitter as was previously thought and which was popularly portrayed in the 1984 movie “Amadeus.”
Source: CNN News