The Great Magician by Christian Jacq
What a wonder was the boy Mozart,
who often did seem to play with fire
at times in his young life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Christian Jacq
of the young Mozart's life and early attempts to
establish his career.
So many difficulties he encountered but with the
presence of valuable friends and his own parents
Mozart made his way and made an impression with
his musical talent and skills.
The Great Magician was a wonderful book to read,
with great dialogue, settings and character portrayals.
It was brilliant in this respect.
The book is quite compelling reading and portrays the
early life of Mozart, his travels, disillusionments and
the difficulty of obtaining a suitable postion at a court.
Despite the setbacks in the young Mozart's life, the story
is also inspirational for meeting challenges against disparate
odds in life and Mozart does not become disillusioned or crushed
by the weight of burdens which he encounters.
The musical world of the day was competitive and wordly. He
realised towards the end of the book that his musical talents
were not going to be recognised in Paris.
His parents were guiding influences and also his friend, Thamos,
Count of Thebes, whom he had encountered from a young age. This
may have been the beginnings of an interest in the ancient ideologies
and civilizations of Egypt, hence the Freemasons in Europe at the time.
This is a fascinating and compelling story which runs parallel with the
story of Mozart in the book. The dramas and political in fighting, the joining
together of some of the various lodges, as though they are
setting a stage for something grand in the future.
The Great Magician was their hope for the future, a gifted and talented
musician who through his music would bring light to the world. His middle name
was “Gottlieb” or “Amadeus” which signified “Beloved of God.”
It is possible to relate to Mozart in the story who is a real character and not artificial, who cares
about his music, wishes to compose and exercise creative freedom, but seems to be held back
from progressing in life. This is due to many factors, including the politics of the time and also
to a certain extent, his own personal ideals.
There was much artifice at some of the courts where he was obliged to play. He felt at home amongst friends in places like Mannheim and Strasbourg, where he enjoyed the company
of other musicians. One friend, a horn player, admired Mozart's talent.
Mozart returns to Salzburg at the end of the book I of the series, The Great Magician, after
many travels in Europe.
The book would adapt well to a play on the stage with the wonderful
music and beautiful settings, especially in conjunction with the second
book of the series, “The Son of Enlightenment” by the same author,