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MOZART AND SHAYKH AHMAD: Mysterious
03-30-2009, 06:55 AM
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MOZART AND SHAYKH AHMAD: Mysterious
The years from the 1770s to the 1790s were the last years of Mozart’s life and the first years of the adult life of Shaykh Ahmad.2 They were the years of the French Revolution, the beginning of modern history and the reign of terror before the rise of Napoleon. Mozart created in the last years of his life(1775-1791) an almost incomparably rich legacy of works for keyboard, beginning with the six solo sonatas of 1775 and extending to such pieces as the final Concerto in B flat, K. 595, from 1791.1 My prose-poem here attempts to examine what defies comprehensive elucidation by any scholar or poet--the specificities of the lives and the brilliant repertoires of these two geniuses, these two men gifted beyond all measure. Both of their lives remain complicated puzzles in their respective worlds of classical music and Islamic mysticism.-Ron Price with thanks to 1 William Kinderman, Mozart's Piano Music, Oxford UP, 2006; and 2Nabil’s Narrative, Wilmette, Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1974(1932) , pp. 1-3.Cool

His1 contemporaries found the restless
ambivalence and complicated emotional
content of his music difficult to understand;
and the ‘ulamas professed themselves unable
to comprehend the meaning of his2 mysterious
allusions, but that movie3 enthralled audiences
and emblazoned the Amadeus theme blatantly,
claiming as it did a grand storyteller----license
to embellish that tale with a fictional ornament,
a surrealistic distortion, a metamorphosis, of a
life, the life of mirabile dictu Amadeus Mozart.

How does one characterize an unexplainable
phenomenon, the mind of a musical savant?
A rather ordinary turn of mind, silly jokes, an
irresponsible way of life distinguished him in
society; and yet what depths, what worlds of
fantasy, harmony, melody, feeling concealed
behind this unpromising exterior in which we
now freely interpret his biographical-psyche..

And the Shaykh from the town of Ahsa in the
district of Ahsa in the northeast of the Arabian
peninsula, luminous Star of a Divine guidance
who arose with unerring vision, fixed purpose
and sublime detachment at the age of forty to
prepare the way for a new Revelation of God---
what can we say about this controversial mystic,
this imaginative writer on metaphysical planes?4

1 Mozart
2 Shaykh Ahmad
3 Amadeus, a film directed by Milos Forman, released 1984.
4 Juan Cole, “The World as Text: Cosmologies of Shaykh Ahmad
al-Ahsa’i,” Studia Islamica, Vol. 80, 1994, pp.145-163.

Ron Price
30 March 2009

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04-13-2009, 07:24 PM (This post was last modified: 04-13-2009 07:24 PM by George.)
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Nice. It is all related.
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08-03-2009, 12:59 AM
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(04-13-2009 07:24 PM)George Wrote:  Nice. It is all related.
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Thanks George....yes, I think so too. But not everyone sees things in analogical terms. I was pleased that you could see my point.-Ron

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08-03-2009, 10:55 AM
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RonPrice:

Interesting poem... I wonder what might result if the text were set to music - uniting the modes of the two men. Smile

By the way, your avatar looks disturbingly like me!
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02-05-2010, 01:24 AM
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(08-03-2009 10:55 AM)Parousia Wrote:  RonPrice:

Interesting poem... I wonder what might result if the text were set to music - uniting the modes of the two men. Smile

By the way, your avatar looks disturbingly like me!
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Apologies, Parousia, for taking nearly a year to reply. I just saw your post. Yes, I have both a dark side and a light side--not unlike that wolf--that avatar--goodness me!-Ron
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