Shaffer, Peter. New York: Penguin Books (1986). . Trade paperback. 105 pp. A clean copy with little wear. “This play takes the probable legend that Mozart was poisoned by a rival composer, Antonio Salieri, a relatively moral and highly-regarded court musician and teacher who could not live with the fact that God had given him the power to appreciate music but had chosen Mozart as his instrument.” Book: Very Good. Dust Jacket: .