Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed Die Zauberflöte in the last year of his life. It was intended in part to glorify Freemasonry as a new Emperor, more hostile to the Masons, took his office. After a brief survey of his life and works, this paper shows how Mozart used number symbolism in the opera, and will equip the reader with an understanding of this as practiced by the Freemasons. Further, it will show how Mozart associated the characters of the opera with specific musical tones. It will expose a deeper understanding of the question of meaning in word and text in his opera.
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Die Zauberflote, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Number symbolism, Opera, The Magic Flute|
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