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Like the human being, music always stands between polar forces. by Christoph Peter
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Product Code: ISBN 978-0-9569266-6-1

The Language of Music In Mozart’s
The Magic Flute

by Christoph Peter


Christoph Peter appreciates music as complete and perfect in every human being. It richly expresses our vitality, feelings and strivings. The goal of The Magic Flute is “the right union of the Papageno world of our natural origins with the world of Tamino, our striving spirit”. The path of love and obedience is pictured in the Sun-realm of Sarastro and the temple of wisdom. The opposite pole is the realm of night, exemplified by the Queen of the Night and her vassals. Peter finds life’s polarities pictured in the fairy-tale text and in Mozart’s music – achieved wisdom and natural instinct, spirit and nature, life and form, urgency and rest, light and dark, love and hate…

Like the human being, music always stands between polar forces. We experience ourselves, losing or finding ourselves again in a living, musical process of breathing, in the rise and fall of melody, in long and short notes, in major and minor, in the dynamics, indeed even with instruments, with the intervals or in the phrasing (Chr. Peter).

The universal law of polarity necessitates a third factor: the transition or threshold between two antagonistic forces. This is directly portrayed, both on the stage and in Mozart’s music. Linking up with other scholars (notably Abert), the author presents his vision in concrete musical terms: Mozart’s music portrays inner time, inner space and inner centring. The perennial path of transformation, the “middle way” – named “T A O” in Far-Eastern tradition – becomes music. “The background of the mysteries in The Magic Flute – which people mostly seek in the text–, can be found in the musical realm” (Chr. Peter). A largely unknown Mozart, who places his elements very simply and sensitively, emerges with his inclusive vision of human concerns. This definitive study of Mozart’s most sublime work is also a comprehensive study of music’s creative language; a companion for the musical artist and music lover of the twenty-first century.

Musical studies have been enriched by a book of most unusual, probably unique significance. It should be read by everyone who loves The Magic Flute. In truly masterly thoroughness and sympathetic understanding, the author helps the musician and music lover to rediscover this work. Mozart’s opera, sadly misunderstood especially today, according to Wilhelm Furtwängler, is “the most profound and unfathomable musical work in the whole world”.

Hermann Pfrogner in Die Kommenden

“Of course, we find all the phenomena in other musical works as well. However, what other composers include here or there, unobserved perhaps, becomes in Mozart’s late work connected to the whole with an exceptionally sure instinct, as qualities fully experienced. No third, no triad, no apparently irrelevant accompaniment, no instrument nor any dynamic marking is excluded from this. The unity of the qualities is felt and understood out of the totality of the human being, which Mozart – like the classical philosophers and poets – approaches from ever-new directions.” (Christoph Peter)


Published: 2014

Publisher: Anastasi Ltd


240 x 174 mm

486 pp 500 in all

Illustrated music examples

ISBN 978-0-9569266-6-1

eBook late 2015 EISBN 978-1-909124-41-7, will be available from Apple iBookstore.