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Mozart's Attraction to Freemasonry

Mozart's Attraction to Freemasonry

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Mozart’s Attraction to Freemasonry
Freemasonry is abstract thought and meaning of the ideals of morality to educate menthat want to live a life with respectable ethical standards. As respect can be a chore to receive, or even attain, it can be just as difficult to provide. During the Enlightenment reason and logic wereusually what gave one authority. Respect and empathy allowed the individual's voice to be heardand it would usually be answered within those same standards. On the other hand there were also people who weren't quite as thoughtful, or even well thought of, and some of them did haveauthority. The wide, everlasting spectrum of a group, or even a single concept, can truly define a period of time. On the spectrum of the Enlightenment freemasonry stands somewhere betweenneutral and virtue, and since the Enlightenment was an era that existed primarily in Europe, andthe Americas, mainly just the western regions of the globe were concerned with it. The thoughtsand desires of the individual were what really made a difference in this Age of Enlightenment,and it's because of those desires that brought freemasonry to existence.It is unknown at what point in time exactly freemasonry became a practice for intellectuals who seek a greater meaning. Some people would say that Masonic groups and practices date back to the 16 century, or even as far back as the 14th. However, it became prevalent in the 17th century and its popularity grew to its peak in the 18th century. Due to thefact that religion has always been popular within every society, those that embrace the practice of freemasonry are usually religious people; therefore it is safe to say that it can be a spiritual practice. That does not mean that an individual is always admitted as a Mason only if he isreligious. Also, often when referring to Freemasonry, people will call it a "brotherhood," or "fraternity," simply because at whatever the time of its origin females were not thought of ashighly as they are today and therefore weren't a part of this specific social and bureaucratic
 
group. It is an organization of men that can stand up for moral excellence; a way of showing pride, and that's the way they liked it. However, freemasonry does affect both males and females,especially when it comes to the controversial aspects of it. Some people believe that the practicegoes against certain religions, while others simply believe that it is an anti-religious practice.Regarding the latter, its goals are in no way against any sort of religion but back in the 18thcentury the practice ran into a lot of conflict with the Catholic Church.There are three main points that reflect more upon the philosophical aspects of theEnlightenment rather than the political ones, and they are Nature, Reason, and the brotherhood of Man. All sorts of different kinds of people have joined the group, and a lot of them were a part of it during its peak in history. One of these individuals was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, andFreemasonry actually played a substantial role in his life. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was bornin 1756 in Salzburg only to die a short 35 years later in 1791 while in Vienna, both cities being a part of the Holy Roman Empire at the time. His father, Leopold, taught both Wolfgang and hissister Maria Anna how to play the piano at very young ages. While they both grew up in amusical household and because their father was a good teacher, they continued to follow careersin music. However, Wolfgang was a much quicker learner when it came to music, and heimpressed his father quite a bit more than his sister had. In any case, they both played for MariaTheresa, also an Austrian musician and Empress, in the year 1762; making Wolfgang only 6years old. Even at a young age Wolfgang would write movements that made sense and weretheoretically correct, but didn't always sound good. As he grew older Wolfgang ended upworking for the Archbishop Colleredo of Salzburg through connections with Leopold, since hetoo had been working for the Archbishop. Although that was an impressive job to have, and hewas quite successful as far as written works and talent goes, the Archbishop neglected to payWolfgang fair amounts of money for events that he should have been paid greatly for. One such
 
event was when Wolfgang wrote a rondo for a violinist named Brunetti, a song for castratoCeccarelli, and a sonata piece for himself; all for a special show that the Archbishop had hostedfor the emperor. The pay for this show would have been equivalent to half of Wolfgang's usualannual salary, but the Archbishop wouldn't release him. Wolfgang had a very close relationshipwith his father, and the two would write letters to each other regarding Wolfgang's life as amusician, and life in general. When the Archbishop didn't let Wolfgang play the show he toldLeopold that he wanted to move to Vienna where his career could be much healthier.After a few months and letters from his father, who didn't like the idea very much,Wolfgang moved to Vienna, where he taught and composed, and lived in a residence thatactually led him to his future fiancée. In the Weber house he got connected with Constanze; thethird daughter of the family. At first Mozart would deny his relationship and any rumors aboutthe two of them to his father, but they later got a lot closer and eventually married each other atSt. Stephen's Cathedral; where Franz Joseph Haydn, an inspiration and friend of Wolfgang's, wasa choir boy. Leopold wasn't too thrilled about the fact that they were together, but he wassomewhat supportive nonetheless. One of the biggest problems that Wolfgang had was that hisfather was so obsessive over him, and he didn't want his son to get involved with women or anything else but music. Mozart wanted to have a domestic life though, and so he had two kids:in 1783 Raimund Leopold, his first son who died, and in '84 Carl Thomas Mozart. In 1784 Mozart joined a freemason group at the Zur Wohlthatigkeit lodge. To join afreemasonry group was a respectable thing to do at this point in history. During this timefreemasonry was a lot more open-minded than it had been when it wasn't as popular.Freemasonry accepted all religious groups, and built an elaborate imagery from several differentsources, unifying a variety of people under the same basic principles of moral excellence and

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