This book is a must for those interested in alchemy, Freemasonry, rosicrucianism, music history, musicology (opera), mythology, Jungian depth psychology, cultural history, hermetism and comparative religious studies.
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. His publications include Mystagogy, initiation into symbolic consciousness.
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'As entertaining as Indiana Jones and as fascinating as Harry Mulisch's The Discovery of Heaven',
'... a masterly study of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute from a Jungian and alchemical point of view.'
Herbert van Erkelens, teacher in alchemical symbolis.
'Van den Berk has produced a remarkable work which cleverly bridges the gap between the academic and the lay reader's differing demands.'
Michael Baigent in Freemasonry Today.
This volume demonstrates for the first time that Mozart's opera 'Die Zauberflöte' 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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