The Magic Flute

The total of musical pieces ( excluding the overture ) in the whole opera is the magic number 21 ( 3 * 7 ) ; the music is placed in the two acts as 8 pieces in Act I , and 13 pieces in Act II . This is a golden proportion .

Author: M. F. M. Van Den Berk

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004130993

Category: Music

Page: 650

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This book demonstrates for the first time that Mozart's opera "Die Zauberflote" is an enactment of the alchemical "opus magnum," in the form of a "chemical wedding," using Paracelsus's "tria principia" doctrine that was strongly prevalent among Freemasons towards the end of the 18th century.