My Easter Video
The video traces the
ongoing resurrection of humanity from the dark ages of war by means of the
development of music unfolding through the Renaissance and the Baroque
periods, where Mozart's own period begins, who takes the train of humanist and
spiritual development to a still higher level.
The video is focused on Mozart's opera, "The Abduction from the Seraglio," and its surprising ending that was developed by Mozart in precisely the same year (1781) in which the American Revolution was turned from a near defeat, surprisingly, into a complete victory. By the humanist force of many pioneers, America was 'abducted' from the seraglio of the imperial, colonial, oligarchic, monetarist system. Mozart had evidently contributed to this revolution in thinking with his musical revolution unfolding the background for it. Mozart has illustrated in his opera what America has demonstrated in action, namely that an escape from the seraglio is possible.
In his opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Amadeus Mozart presents in metaphor the key elements of the American Revolution.
Osmin, the master of the seraglio, represents symbolically the system of Empire and its murderous intentions in response to humanity's quest for freedom from the imperial zoo of feudalism and colonialism. Belmonte, who organizes the escape from the seraglio represents America's quest for freedom, a quest built on the Renaissance ideal that had earlier motivated the pilgrims of the 1600s who set out to create a New World in America, distant from empire. Belmonte's beloved Konstanze and her associates, represent the people of the New World, a people who were once free, as were the early settlers in Massachusetts free, who were later forcibly inducted back into the seraglio under the rule of King William III, William of Orange.
Belmonte also represents Benjamin Franklin, who had organized America's escape. The Pasha, in turn represents the dawning force of the original Enlightenment ideals that had raised some human sparks even in the dark halls of the golden palaces of the oligarchic system. The Pasha, a high status oligarch, discovers to his surprise that he has the heart of a human being in spite of the cloak of power that traditionally hides it. He represents all those of the oligarchic system of empire who with their 'enlightened' intervention, each for his own reason, had enabled the American Revolution to succeed, which it might not have without the logistical and military support from both the King of France, Louis XVI, and the King of Spain, Carlos III. The Spanish painter Francisco Goya was closely associated with Carlos.
In the opera, Belmonte had only one weighty question for his beloved Konstanze, before the rescue could proceed, asking whether she had allowed herself to be seduced by the masters of empire to be their slave, or whether she had remained loyal to her high ideals of the freedom of the human being, free from domination of any sort? The opera seems to elude that if Belmonte's beloved had been successfully seduced, the attempted rescue would not have proceded.
This is a question that modern society needs to consider, too, which finds itself deeply seduced to monetarism, depopulation ideologies, indoctrinated science, financial thievery, and the evermore mad quests for winning a nuclear war against Russia, China, and India, and all this with the next Ice Age on the near horizon that no one is allowed to even talk about, much less prepare the world for it.
Evidently "Konstanze' passed the test. Thus, with the great events of 1781, the first major abduction of humanity from the seraglio of Empire occurred, with consequences that are still unfolding, that became an abduction of a people to freedom with an ascension that is barely imaginable, even in the light of the achievements that have already been made.
educational version of Mozart's opera,
Related video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h53Trg43onQ - Paris Symphony (#31 - KV297)
Links to other videos referred to in this videoShadows that are Light -
YouTube versions of Mozart's operas:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUjkC9BO8g0 - la scala - recardo mudi !!!
- Don Giovanni
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPYjqz7nToY - Furtwangler !!!
- Cosi Fan Tute
- Magic Flute
- Mozart Requiem
- Helen of Troy (related to Idomeneo)
Published by Cygni Communications Ltd. North Vancouver, BC, Canada - (C) in public domain - producer Rolf A. F. Witzsche