What is it about the sound of die zauberflote — the real magic flute about which the opera was written — that is special? What makes it different? From my perspective I can tell you, first of all, that playing the flute is a humbling experience. I can wake up in the morning, set out what I want to accomplish, get my practice schedule in order and then, all of a sudden, everything turns upside down. Every time I play things change. I feel that I am in the center of a huge vortex that keeps swirling around. Sometimes things get very scary, but they always manage to turn around and work for good.
As I have lived with this energy of die zauberflote all my life, so to speak, it has been difficult for me to step outside of the box and perceive what it is that seems to create such tumult and conflict about die zauberflote. With my present understanding I can simply say that it seems that when I play die zauberflote it is as though Wolfgang Mozart is in the room. There is an energy, a joy, a brilliance, an excitement, that seems to be unique.
I have never understood why the energy of die zauberflote seems to frighten some talented players, but it does. Just the same, they are missing the point, as die zauberflote is a gift — a gift of gentleness, a gift of shalom.
die zauberflote is how I pray. Whenever I pick up the flute and consider a person or situation while playing, everything tends to turn upside down in their life and then work for good. It always helps.
die zauberflote is also, I believe and have been told, a gift of the Holy Spirit. It has those qualities, and can become, initially, a stumbling block to some. But if they just maintain a gentle heart, everything works for good. If not, it seems that whatever they wish for me becomes their fate. This is very frightening to me. I can say with sincerity that I am afraid that the aisles of Orchestra Hall are already filled with the corpses of those who have tried to block die zauberflote. Why would I ever want there to be any more? For this reason, I am sharing what I know…
So, if you could consider that die zauberflote represents the voice of Wolf, who was murdered, I believe, but not completely silenced, I think you will have the best orientation for experiencing it as, not a threat, but a profound gift. I’m not supposed to be here either. I consider my own life a miracle as well…:-)
M4B=Mozart For Believers