Franz Schubert and the Rose Cross Mystery

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**Author Frank Ruppert has produced a new book, Franz Schubert and the Mysterium Magnum, that is the rewritten version of this book. Please look for the 'new' book on Amazon.***

Franz Schubert and the Rose Cross Mystery introduces the reader to the incredibly rich symbiosis of Jewish cabalism and German genius that flourished in Germany and Austria at the beginning of the nineteenth century. In the music of Franz Schubert, heaven and earth intertwine in a blend of Catholic and Judaic mysticism. The romance is expressed in some of the most sublime art our civilization has produced. The pathway leading to an experience of this art is poetry.

Franz Schubert was called by Franz Liszt ''the most poetic of all composers.'' Poems inspired Schubert's operas and Lieder. Poems also inspired his instrumental masterworks. It is this poetry that gives us sure insight into the mystical depths of his art.

The poetically inspired works of Schubert tell the mythical tale of a wanderer experiencing life as a great romance, a romance between heaven and earth, a romance between earthly opposites. His instrumental works in particular reveal an artist caught up in the deadly torture and earth-transcending ecstasy of that romance. His artistic commitment seems to have been to the celebration in profound sensitivity and utter honesty of this life-transcending adventure. These celebrations reach their apex in the last eighteen months of his life, months some call the most important in the history of music. For those intrigued by this romance, there can be no better introduction then Ruppert's thoughts on Schubert.

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Frank Ruppert was born in 1933. At the age of twenty, he entered a Roman Catholic seminary in Baltimore. In 1958, while earning a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University, he was ordained in Rome as a priest for the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Ten years later, along with other Washington priests, he took public issue with Pope Paul VI on birth control and the rights of conscience and left the priesthood. His interests have been in German spiritual thought, especially as expressed by the great composers of music. This thought received perhaps its highest expression in the works of Schubert. It is this aspect of Schubert's art he exposes in this book.

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