The Magic Flute: Die Zauberflote. An Alchemical Allegory

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'As entertaining as Indiana Jones and as fascinating as Harry Mulisch’s The Discovery of Heaven',
De Volkskrant.
'... 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004130999
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/13/2004
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004


    In a nutshell, this brilliantly translated original non-fiction work offers a highly readable insight into the rich alchemical content contained in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. (chapeau to the translator!). In doing so, we learn about Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Greek & Egyptian mythology, Freemasonry and alchemy. This work is an initiation into Initiation. A must-read for musicologists, Freemasons, esoterics, music lovers, Mozart buffs, art-historians, Jungians, performing classical singers, conductors and directors who for the first time get the full insight into the depth of the characters in The Magic Flute: in short, a worthwhile purchase and read for a diverse audience. Plus it comes with a bonus: for the first time in history The Magic Flute has been recorded unabridged, completely as Mozart and Schikaneder wrote it, on 3 CD's. With the original libretto offered as an appendix in the book, you can now study the intricasies from the comfort of your own chair. Enjoy!

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