Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

1969

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Wayne S. Hertz

Second Committee Member

Joseph S. Haruda

Third Committee Member

Maurice L. Pettit

Abstract

There is considerable evidence to indicate that the Fraternity of Freemasonry exerted creative impulses to some of the music of Wolfgang Mozart, subsequent to 1784. This study shows that Mozart, by virtue of his membership in the Order, was sufficiently impressed with benevolences and spiritual teachings of Freemasonry to symbolically reflect the ritual of the Order in an artistic manner. To support this contention a review of Freemasonry in the Eighteenth Century, an analysis of Mozart's association with Masonry, an inquiry into the relation of Freemasonry and the existing religious order, and an overview of Mozart's Masonic compositions are presented.

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