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From historic changes in form to the choice of what texts to set to music, the art of music has long been a vital force in the expression of the human desire for liberty.

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Mozart’s Opera Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (author)

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based upon the notorious play by Beaumarchais. The play had been banned in 1786 because it questioned the legitimacy and rationality of the aristocracy by…

Quotes

Literature & Music

Bach asks God “when will I die”? (1700)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Literature & Music

Beethoven’s hero Florestan in the opera Fidelio laments the loss of his liberty for speaking the truth to power (1805)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Literature & Music

J.S. Bach and Martin Luther on how God (the “feste Burg”) helps us gain our freedom (1730)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Literature & Music

Thierry on the need for songs about our lost liberties which will act as a barrier to encroaching power (1845)

Augustin Thierry

Notes About This Collection

See also the extracts, chapters, and introductions in the Music section of the Ideas page.