composing of Mozart's great opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio,
coincided exactly with the decisive turn-around in the American
Revolutionary War that quickly turned into a victory at the very time the
opera was being composed.
opera, Idomeneo, may have paved the way for his own freedom from the
bondage of oligarchic serfdom. This freedom wasn't granted willingly by
his employer and owner. The fame of the opera, and the subject it covers,
may have something to do with his personal victory. The opera continues
the poetry of Homer about the Trojan War, and the intertwined story of
Helen of Troy.
Latraviata, which was composed much later, illustrates another type of
trap of small-minded thinking, a type which the oligarchy frequently inflicts on
itself. The exploration, in this case, is pursued in the shadow of the
2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa, and in the context of the 'poetry' of
the biblical book of Job.
The fourth video
intertwines a poem of my own with the sequence of my novels. The poetry fits
perfectly, though this wasn't intended. Maybe poetry does have this effect
against the background of the "City of God."