Saturday, September 20, 2008

Previously unknown Mozart music comes to light

Bro. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was apparently into writing church music in the years leading up to his death at age 35, researchers suggest, after a single sheet of musical notation in his handwriting was re-discovered recently.

The musical keys of the sketch indicates it was written in a style usually used in music designed for use in Catholic Mass.

The type of paper on which the music appears wasn't in use until 1787, an Associated Press article reports. Bro. Mozart died in 1791.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is a great discovery to find a previously unknown work by the master.

    It probably is to be expected that Mozart did draft an abundant amount of music for the Catholic Church given the fact that Mozart is believed to have remained a faithful Catholic during his life. Moreover, he is known to have affiliated with what was considered a Catholic Masonic Lodge which endorsed a less radical version of the Age of Enlightenment called the "Catholic Enlightenment" or "Catholic Counter-Reformation Movement."

    For an excellent discussion of Mozart's Masonic affiliations and the currents involving Mozart in the Austrian Enlightenment, see "Mozart and the Enlightenment" by Nicholas Till.

    Since I like Mozart and Freemasonry, I also want to provide a link to a recommended DVD of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". I think it is worth owning, especially if you are an esoteric freemason. A few brothers and I organized a very small gathering to watch this DVD at a brother's home. Everyone brought something good to eat or drink and it was a lot of fun. As a Scottish Rite Symbolic Lodge mason, I could really see Mozart's esoteric allusions to the Craft. Our area hasn't had a live production of this opera in awhile.


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