Video: BBC's Human, All Too Human Series on Nietzsche & His Work
BBC's Human, All Too Human Series.
Videos - Nietzsche's Parable of the Mad Man & God is Dead
God is Dead. Parable of the Madman. A reading
God is Dead. Parable of the Madman. A discussion
Amateur Videos - Nietzsche's Works
Nietzsche: The Three Metamorphoses. Music by Richard Strauss (Amateur Video)
Nietzsche: God is Dead. Music by Richard Strauss (Amateur Video)
Music Videos - Strauss & Mozart
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra excerpts. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led by Milen Nachev
Mozart The Magic Flute Queen of the Night Aria
Mozart & Zoroastrianism
While the setting of Mozart's opera, the Magic Flute, is Temple of Isis in Memphis, Egypt (about the reign of Ramses I), there are other features that may indicate that Mozart drew on Zoroastrian imagery.
The opera's characters Tamino, an Egyptian Prince, and Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, undergo an ordeal to prove that they are worthy of the higher happiness and willing to fight for the love of wisdom. This initiation ceremony for admission to the Temple of Sun and its Light includes passing through an ordeal of fire and water. The high priest of the temple at Isis is Sorastro, a name that appears to have been derived from Zoroastre (Zoroaster) and who possesses the Seven-fold Sun Circle. Once Tamino and Pamina have gained access to the light, the Queen of the Night and her court, who are the cause of all darkness, wickedness and superstition, are overcome by the light of the Bright Sun. They and darkness are banished into the bowels of the earth and into eternal night. Sarastro proclaimS "The rays of the sun expel the night and annihilate the power of the hypocrite!" He grants that all the followers of wisdom, which now includes the triumphant lovers, Tamino and Pamina, " arecrowned with everlasting crowns of beauty and wisdom."