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Volume 43:3 (2004)

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Volume 43:3 (2004)

There is nothing more noble than a wife and a husband. A man and a woman and woman and man reach upward Towards and attain godhood. —Mozart, The Magic Flute, Act 1 scene 14.

These lines from Mozart's classic opera, The Magic Flute, immediately ring true to Latter-day Saints. In fact, Mozart strikes upon symbols, themes, and concepts that would appear at first to be insider's knowledge to Mormonism. It is significant, too, that Mozart was composing his opera shortly before Joseph Smith was born. How did Mozart come to espouse the idea that man can become like God? What traditions was he drawing upon? Was it Masonry, was it Egyptology, or was it both? The new issue of BYU Studies focuses on many of these questions, and reveals that Mozart's The Magic Flute is an ideal work of art to study for those interested in deepening their understanding of temple symbolism and the divine potential of mankind.

Table of Contents
Items
Hans-Wilhelm Kelling
Mozart's Magic Flute ItemPg. 9
Gideon O. Burton
Introductory EssayPg. 23
Kaye T. Hanson
Introductory EssayPg. 30
Lawrence P. Vincent
Introductory EssayPg. 36
David P. Crandall
Character ItemPg. 170
Victoria A. Webb
Character ItemPg. 180
Harrison Powley
Character ItemPg. 189
Philipp B. Malzl
ReceptionPg. 218
Michael Lyon
Back Cover ImagePg. 270