Wolfgang, the child genius famous all over Europe, met the famous Dr Mesmer when he was just 12. The doctor was a high-ranking Freemason who kept a protective eye on Mozart's career throughout his life. He was also the first person to explore the use of hypnosis, which he called "animal magnetism", a phenomenon that is spotlighted in "Mozart – The Last Secret". Later, Mesmer ordered Mozart's children's opera, "Bastien, Bastienne".
A strange event that happened when Mozart was 16 once again causes us to ask questions about Mozart's relations with the Freemasons: he composed "O Helliges Band", the text of which is taken from a secret Masonic book that only members know. How could Mozart have access to this work at such a young age? Wolfgang was only “officially” initiated when he was 28…
Mozart had been preparing to access a kind of enlightenment through knowledge for a long time. The Masonic ritual would go on to turn his view of the world upside down. His constantly working mind, ever curious about beauty, would find in the ritual a new learning to feed his creations.
In 1785, Mozart became a Master Mason. His compositions multiplied and were coded messages for his brothers. His friend and music mentor, Joseph Haydn, also joined the temple. Haydn's initiation opened the way for a unique collaboration between the two men. Sharing both musical expertise and Masonic knowledge, Haydn and Mozart would constantly write to each other and exchange fragments of compositions that would strengthen their friendship and their artistic complicity.
In "Mozart – The Last Secret", this unique and rich relation becomes real, thanks to one of the tools made available to the player: "The book of celestial harmonies".
Later, Mozart travelled Europe and visited many lodges. It was the opportunity for him to interpret his work for his brothers. “Mozart – The Last Secret” starts in one of these Masonic settings: Mozart is in Prague and his visit to the lodge conforms perfectly to the historical reality of the character.
Wolfgang Amadeus left the three major pieces that sum up both his initiation and his philosophy of life to the Freemasons: "The Clemency of Titus"; "The Enchanted Flute" and the "Requiem".
When he died, his mason brother Hensler gave the finest eulogy:
“The Great Architect of the Universe has taken one of our dearest and most precious links from our fraternal Chain. Who didn't know him? Who didn't love our remarkable brother, Mozart? Just a few weeks ago, he was still with us, glorifying with his enchanting music the inauguration of this Temple.
Artists die after devoting their lives to improving their Art to reach perfection.
Admiration goes with them to the grave.
And yet, although people cry, sooner or later, their admirers forget them. Maybe, but not us, their brothers!
The death of Mozart is an irreparable loss for Art. His gifts, recognised since childhood, made him one of the wonders of this era. Europe knew and admired him.
The Princes loved him and we can call him: "my brother".
But, while it is evident that we should honour his genius, we must not forget to celebrate the nobility of his heart.
He was a conscientious member of our Order. His brotherly love, his devout and whole nature, his charity, the joy he showed when one of his brothers benefited from his goodness and talent were his immense qualities that we praise in this day of mourning.”
251 years later, neither the public nor his mason brothers have forgotten Mozart, and for a few more hours, "Mozart – The Last Secret" intends to make players discover the life,
adventures and music of the greatest composer of all time…