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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mozart the Freemason is a wonderful book, well written, and ideal for the musician as well as non-specialist." (Mark Stavish, Institute for Hermetic Studies, Feb 2007)

"With Mozart the Freemason, Jacques Henry, a Mozart authority and a high-ranking Freemason, explores the influence of Masonry on Mozart's life and music. . . . One could hardly ask for a better poster child for Masonry than Mozart, or a better biographer than Jacques Henry." (Kenaz Filan, Mysteries Magazine, Issue 18, Fall 2007  )

"This is a book that no mason would want to miss." (Wr. Elliot Burns, American Mason, Sept 2006)

“Whether you are coming from the world of music, or the world of Freemasonry, this is a book that will appeal to you, will inform you, and will act as an excellent resource towards Mozart, his music and his life.” (Bonnie Cehovet, Angelfire, October 2006)

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HISTORY / FREEMASONRY

Thanks to documents discovered nearly two hundred years after his death, we now have a fuller picture of the profound influence that Freemasonry had on the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Musicologist Jacques Henry shows that the Masonic influence on Mozart’s work goes far beyond pieces such as The Magic Flute that were overtly Masonic or fulfilled a ritual purpose for the composer. For those initiated, many of Mozart’s other compositions express the same Masonic ideals no less clearly. His works actually provide a complete musical lexicon of Masonic symbols inspired by the principles of the craft and the spirit of the Masonic quest. Mozart constructed his Masonic compositions by creating auditory correspondences to the symbols present in the rituals, choosing keys and tempos that transpose their content into harmony. His understanding of the use of symbol allowed him to create music that would lead the listener into a harmony that transcended earthly existence.

A number of musicologists believe that the place of the Masonic spiritual vision in Mozart’s work is comparable to that held by Lutheran Christianity in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Mozart wed his deep understanding of music to the esoteric wisdom he gained as a Freemason to show that when we lose ourselves in the expression of the purest harmony, it is the same as the symbol being lost in what it symbolizes. Jacques Henry provides a rigorous and original analysis of Mozart’s works that reveals their inner meaning as shaped by the composer’s profound embrace of the spiritual principles of Freemasonry.

Jacques Henry is artistic director of the annual Mozart festival in the Drome region of France and an expert on the symbolism in Mozart’s work. He lives in France.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Guarnaccia on October 28, 2007
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Some say that the Masons are a benevolent charitable organization; others claim they are a sinister group bent on world domination. But everyone agrees that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a devoted member of the illustrious society. With Mozart the Freemason, Jacques Henry, a Mozart authority and a high-ranking Freemason, explores the influence of Masonry on Mozart's life and music.

Several of Mozart's works are known for their Masonic elements, such as his final opera, The Magic Flute, which features motifs familiar to any Freemason, such as Temples of Wisdom and Reason and Nature, and trials which must be endured in silence. Henry discusses The Magic Flute and several concertos that were specifically commissioned to be played at Masonic ceremonies. He also suggests that the harsh opening of Mozart's Dissonance Quartet represents the unformed man before he is shaped by Masonic discipline.

Whether inspired by Masonic love for his fellow man or a need for funds, Mozart was an incredibly prolific composer, capable of banging out a concerto overnight or a symphony over a long weekend. Few have written as quickly, fewer still have written as well, and nobody has ever combined Mozart's speed and genius. One could hardly ask for a better poster child for Masonry than Mozart, or a better biographer than Jacques Henry.
Mysteries Magazine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David A. Shaw on April 22, 2010
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This is a well written, well researched book which provides a deep look at not just Mozart's overtly Masonic works, but also a number of his other pieces which the author argues are expressions of the composer's Masonic beliefs and experiences. Very interesting, but at times it seems a bit of a reach. Mostly, however, the analysis is solid.

It is imperative to listen to the piece under discussion to fully see (or should I say hear) the author's point. This is not a book one can just sit down and read cover to cover, but in conjunction with the music, it is insightful and thought provoking.
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By J3 on September 1, 2012
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This book was full of good information. I recommend reading this book.
It will help you get a better grasp on a challenging topic.
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By Azael on February 9, 2012
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I am a Freemason, a musician, and a fan of Mozart's work, but this book just fell a little flat for me. I can't honestly say I recall enough of it to do an in-depth critique, but the fact I read it and sold it off to a used books store is, itself, a testimony to my lukewarm reaction. I just don't think it did a particularly good job of connecting all the dots. It doesn't help that, with the exception of The Magic Flute, Mozart's explicitly masonic music is not ranked among his best work. Perhaps I am simply not learned enough as a Mason or as a musician to properly appreciate this book, but I didn't find it very enlightening all the same.
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