Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, what awesome music you have shared. It is amazing how much beautiful music is out there.
Yesterday I asked you to choose your favourite love song from an opera. And as often, the case I do cheat a little ;-).
The song I chose is not considered a love song. In fact, it’s rather the opposite. I am talking about “The Magic Flute”, one of my favourite opera’s, and the Queen of the Nights aria. Now, if you are not familiar with “The Magic Flute” here is a short summary. Sarastro a servant of light and wisdom has taken the Queen of the Night’s daughter Pamina captive and she tries to persuade Prince Tamino to save her. Turns out Sarastro isn’t the baddie but the Queen who tried to make Pamina assassinate Sarastro. This is where she sings her aria “Der Hoelle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen…” (The rage of hell is burning in my heart).
Now in traditional explanation, the Queen of the Night symbolises everything bad (probably many emotions) and the cult of Sarastro the victory of logic and enlightenment. I have always found it rather irritating that the mature woman was considered a bad influence as well as the idea that only logic will save the day. In my opinion, we can see today more than ever how logic and science have gone awry with climate change and capitalism. To me, the Queen of the Night Aria symbolises the rage over not being taken seriously, being abused and often simply ignored that many women feel but still are not able to express. The Queen of the Night is a powerful lady and it seems that power in women is still a scary concept. She is enraged and she expresses it powerfully:
The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart,
Death and despair flame about me!
If Sarastro does not through you feel
The pain of death,
Then you will be my daughter nevermore.
Disowned may you be forever,
Abandoned may you be forever,
Destroyed be forever
All the bonds of nature,
If not through you
Sarastro becomes pale! (as death)
Hear, Gods of Revenge,
Hear a mother’s oath!
But this whole opera also symbolises to me what might be our problem: There is only light or dark, two opposites that can’t be brought together. However, if you look into life there are all sorts of grey in between light and dark: Hitler was a vegetarian and loved his dogs deeply and Gandhi didn’t treat his wife always that nice. I said it before, that I believe if we don’t develop the ability to see the darkness inside of ourselves and acknowledge that we are beings of light and darkness we won’t be able to bring peace and a liveable future to this planet.
So, I believe this aria, in fact, is a song about self-love, about the acknowledgement of rage, personal power and healthy boundaries as well as natures rage about our misuse of natural resources and out of balance lifestyle. However, it might be that the union of Tamino and Pamina shows that Mozart was aware of all the grey and the necessary duality of humankind.
video source: Royal Opera House via YouTube
ThoughtCo: “Der Hölle Rache” Lyrics and Text Translation
ROH.org.uk: Accessible Arias: The Queen of the Night’s Act II aria from The Magic Flute
Die Zauberfloete/The Magic Flute
Servants of the Light: The Magic Flute
FranceMusique: The Magic Flute
Kansas City Opera: The Magic Flute (PDF file)
LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 26th
Let’s stay with music theatre for tomorrow:
My Favourite Love Song from a Musical
And if you don’t like musicals please feel free to choose any love song that floats your ears
And to remind ourselves how to take part:
“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions
- Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
- Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
- Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
- No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
- I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
- If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
- Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end
share A Favourite Love Song
from a Musical
and have lots of fun