The Magic Flute

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BRILL, 2004 - Music - 650 pages
This volume demonstrates for the first time that Mozart's opera "Die Zauberflote" is an enactment of the alchemical "opus magnum," in the form of a "chemical wedding," Towards the end of the 18th century, alchemy was still a prominent mystical current within the Order of Freemasons of which Mozart and his librettists were members. The central part focuses on the opera's alchemical structure, whereas the historical and mythological backgrounds are also dealt with extensively. The book comes with 3 CD's offering a rendition of the integral opera, in contrast to the common practice of leaving out major parts of the libretto. "The Magic Flute" is a fascinating journey of discovery, an initiation into Initiation. With complete original libretto and over 100 pictures.
 

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Contents

On the trail of Hermes
3
Die Zauberflöte an alchemical allegory
19
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
39
alchemists in word and deed
65
Black IsisHecate
89
HorusOrpheus
115
SaltSulphurMercury
137
Prima Materia and Anima Mundi
169
Etchings laden with alchemical wisdom
329
Emanuel Schikaneder and Karl
363
Mozart Homo Esotericus
413
A Mason on his way to Berlin
463
Conclusion
507
Duetto
518
Alchemy and Die Zauberflötean annotated bibliography
525
The text of the libretto of Die Zauberflöte
541

The sacred marriage and the celebrant
193
Introduction to the Magnum Opus
219
NigredoThe first phase of the magnum opus
231
Albedo The second phase of the magnum opus
253
Rubedo the final phase of the magnum opus
279
Alchemy music and Die Zauberflöte
301
Overture
547
Bibliography
629
Glossary
643
Sources of illustrations
653
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M.F.M. van den Berk (1938), Ph.D. in Theology, taught at Utrecht Catholic University. He has published extensively on the relationship between religion and art

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