(Meistermusik and The Masonic Funeral Music)
If the Queen Complained
Last Updated on August 20th, 2016
Queen Charlotte. Co-regent of England.
(Queen through marriage in 1761.)
Musician and Music Lover.
Met the child Mozart twice in 1764.
Husband (King George III) died Insane,
Blind, Deaf, and Lame.
Duke Georg Augustus von Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Died on November 6th, 1785, in Tyrnau, Hungary, at age 37.
Queen Charlotte's Younger Brother.
One of the two Aristocrats who died in November, 1785.
IF THE QUEEN COMPLAINED that a Brand New Piece hadn't been
composed by Maestro Mozart for Mecklenburg's Memorial Service (her
younger brother), and that Mozart had simply reworked and re-used
the earlier "Meistermusik", creating "The Masonic Funeral Music", they
should have sent her a bill for the efforts of Mozart and the Orchestra - a Bill
for what they ***DID*** do for her brother.
It's all Theoretical, but then, the "MFM New Piece" Theory is ALSO
We take an Imaginary look at how history might have played out if the
Queen of England somehow discovered that The Masonic Funeral Music
was a derivative of another piece, composed a few months earlier
(Meistermusik), was performed at Duke Mecklenburg's Memorial Service
put on by the Vienna Freemasons, and we assume that she would have been
upset by this use of "Recycled" music, complained to someone about it, and
the Vienna Freemasons responded with their own view of the situation, even
sending her a Bill for their efforts.
As far as I know, none of this happened.
But it would have been funny if it had.
And it illustrates, in my opinion, how far removed from the events the Queen
was, and if there were any "insults" involved, it would have been the
Freemasons of Vienna who would have felt insulted by the Queen's ungrateful
attitude towards their efforts to honor Esterhazy and Mecklenburg.
DOUBTFUL that she reacted that way.
Very doubtful, in my opinion.
The Freemasons, including Mozart, were VERY Generous to the two
Aristocrats, and it wasn't necessary to go even further and require Mozart
to write a New Piece for the Memorial Service for the deceased men.
The "MFM New Piece" Theory involves "Over The Top"
generosity and extra work for all involved - Mozart and
a Masonic Orchestra, far beyond what was needed to
honor the two men.
And performing a Known piece (known to some of the
Freemasons) was smarter and easier than composing and
learning a New Piece for the Memorial Service for Esterhazy
Everything that was "needed" to honor these 2 men was done, was optional,
involved hard work, and was Pro-bono - free, with probably no one paid for
A New Piece for the Memorial Service WAS NOT NEEDED.
They had done enough for those 2 men - more than enough!!
The Queen of England probably did *NOT* complain - or even find out - about
the use of recycled music.
But here's a look at what might have resulted if she had been upset about the
use of recycled music for The Masonic Funeral Music, and complained about it.
Historical Note: Actually, Queen Charlotte did many good things for England,
and was an excellent ruler.
Her husband, King George III, developed some disease which caused him to go
temporarily crazy and angry - Insane and "mad", beginning in 1765.
But back then, apparently no one realized that it was an illness.
And no one knew what to do about it.
It's all a very sad story.
One can't read her question to herself saying: "What will become of me??"
overheard by an attendant in 1788, and not feel compassion for her.
(Sorry, Queen Charlotte.
I don't really think you were upset and complaining about The Masonic Funeral
Music. This is mostly just a joke.
To repeat: This is mostly just a JOKE.)
"Dear Nit-Picking Ungrateful Whining and Complaining
Foreign Queen Charlotte of England
(if the rumors are really true that you're complaining),
We are sorry for the recent loss of your little brother,
Duke Mecklenburg, and that the composer, Herr Mozart,
did not compose a Brand New piece for the Memorial
Service at one of our Masonic Lodges.
We understand how upsetting it must have been to learn that
the piece, the gorgeous Masonic Funeral Music, had
been performed once before in a Private Masonic Ceremony
just a few months ago (that is, a Choral Version of the piece),
and how rude and thoughtless it was of the Wunderkind from
Salzburg to assume that you wouldn't mind, or even discover
its private history.
(Did you have spies in our Lodges?? Who??)
Our weak and only excuse is that you weren't on our Radar
Screen when we organized this magnificent tribute to your
little brother and Mr. Esterhazy, and we were thinking only
of ourselves, we Viennese Freemasons, and the two great men
who had passed on - our Masonic Brothers, as we call them.
Our hearts were filled with sorrow, and our minds and limbs
were active making preparations for the overflow Memorial
Service, attended by almost every Freemason in Vienna, and
some from other parts of Austria.
Thoughts of "Better make sure that Mozart writes a New Piece
for the event, so his sister, the Queen and co-regent of England,
doesn't find out that the music was a derivative of a recent piece,
performed at a Private Ceremony for Freemasons only, and
starts fuming over the perceived slight, indirectly also slighting
other English Royalty, irate at our Protocol violation, which
every school child should have memorized, even though none
us are actually "Royalty" ourselves, and didn't think that the
Royal Rules applied to us, whatever they are." did not occur
to us untutored peons at the time, and that the Royal Radar
would be focused on an obscure Masonic Lodge, hundreds of
miles away in Vienna, Austria, mainland Europe, far from
somewhere in England, wherever you live.
I assure you, your Royal Serene Highness Most High, that
Herr Mozart has been given a tongue lashing from a highly
placed Austrian Aristocrat, ordered to practice Mind-Reading
every day, and to pay more attention to fairly irrelevant details,
in order to prevent such a travesty from recurring in Vienna --
a city in Austria.
This is the bill for our recent musical services for him, namely
the Memorial Service we generously gave him and Mr. Esterhazy
(whose relatives have not complained about the piece), using our
talented orchestra, with music composed by the greatest composer
in the World, Herr Maestro Wolfgang Mozart of Vienna, Austria.
We had not planned to charge you anything for our efforts (why
would we??), but your irritation with our wonderful tribute to the
Duke, and the considerable time and energy expended to honor
this well-liked Aristocrat and Mr. Esterhazy, have convinced us that
we were not thinking clearly, and should have charged you for our
respectable and sincere deed, to help you understand and appreciate
what we did for the Duke, so that you could further swell with pride,
knowing how much time and energy - and cost - went into this Event.
We know you will understand our kind gesture, done only to enhance
your enjoyment of the event, by taking even more Royal Pride in your
deserving little brother, who died in Hungary - a country in Europe
near the country of Austria, which is near Germany and other countries.
Please send your payment to:
The New Crowned Hope Lodge
Attn: Accounts Receivable Dept (Ungrateful Royals)
4567 Freemason Strasse
Vienna, Austria 00477
Memorial Service with music on November 17, 1785,
for Mr. Mecklenburg and Mr. Esterhazy - possibly the
ONLY tribute given in Europe for these 2 men.
Mozart: $10,000 (The Greatest Composer in the World)
Orchestra: $5,000 (1 Rehearsal)
Orchestra: $5,000 (1 Performance)
Lodge Rental: $1,000
Currency: Austrian Gulden or Deutschmarks.
Method: Cash only (crisp, NEW bills, please)
Delivery: By Royal Courier (not by Mail, please)
Terms: Net 30 days.
Late-Payment Interest: 3% per day, compounded daily.
Herr Mozart said he is willing to compose a Brand New Piece
for your little brother, after the current bill has been paid.
His fee for a New Piece will undoubtedly be higher than he's
charging for The Masonic Funeral Music.
(Note: The Masonic Funeral Music was a New Piece in the
sense that it was a new Version of a previous piece, and Herr
Mozart doesn't feel that he committed a faux paus by using
it - especially since the Original version received only one,
PRIVATE performance that the General Public would have been
unaware of, but that the orchestra would be familiar with if
the same orchestra players were used.
Additionally, none of the Aristocrats in our Lodges cautioned us
against using a Version of a recent piece, performed Privately,
to avoid bruising the sensibilities of Royal relatives who probably
wouldn't realize that the Piece had been performed once before,
as a different Version, or even care.
Additionally, Mozart doesn't understand why it's HIS JOB to
supply ANY music - especially NEW music - for the Lodge
whenever an important Aristocrat bites the dust.
Incredibly, he said "WHY ME???"
And "WRITE IT YOURSELF!!"
Such impertinence from a Servant!!
He ended up taking a shortcut, and re-used a previous piece to
create the gorgeous Masonic Funeral Music with impressive
results. But all of us became irritated with him for doing so
after you somehow discovered his sneaky trick!!
Your brother died in Hungary.
What if he had lived in America, as some do??
Or Germany?? Or Italy?? Or even England??
Mozart would be compelled to compose something - right??
His International Masonic responsibilities seem to escape him,
and he doesn't think that it's his job to compose New Music every
time a Masonic Aristocrat keels over, no matter what the reason.
Of course, he's wrong, and is being reprimanded.)
Thank you for your business!!
We hope you can visit Vienna Austria, some day, and possibly
meet Herr Maestro Wolfgang Mozart of Vienna, Austria - the
Greatest Composer in the World, who arranged and wrote The
Masonic Funeral Music for your little brother and Mr. Esterhazy!!
Let us know if you'd like a map showing where Vienna Austria
is located, and how to get here.
Your Spies and Agents, secretly embedded in our organization by
your Royal Assistants, should be able to direct you to the various
Masonic Lodges in the city, where a meeting with Herr Maestro
Wolfgang Mozart, the Greatest Composer in the World, could be
held, if Your Enormous Majesty is so Royally Inclined.
If travelling incognito, please use the Secret Identity of
Feel free to bring the King of England with you, if you feel it's safe
to do so!!
If he's acting a little Crazy, please don't bring him!!
We suspect that all that English In-Breeding may have knocked
him seriously off his Rocker!!
Oh, I almost forgot: If you visit us here in Vienna Austria,
BE SURE TO WEAR NEW CLOTHES!!!!!!!
The new Lodge Master at the late
Mr. Esterhazy's former Lodge
in Vienna, Austria, Continental Europe,
East of England and France, near
Switzerland and Italy.
Call for Directions."
Improbable, but fair - ONLY IF THE QUEEN WAS UPSET AND
COMPLAINED ABOUT RECYCLED MUSIC USED IN "THE MASONIC
FUNERAL MUSIC" INSTEAD OF ALL NEW MUSIC.
Upset that this free, magnificent tribute to her Little Brother, and a
first performance of the music, arranged by the Greatest Composer in the
World, had been performed earlier, as a different Version, in a Private
performance, for a small audience of Masonic members.
This would be a letter to the Queen that the Vienna Freemasons would want
to avoid writing - if they gave it any thought at all.
But I doubt that she was upset.
I suspect that she felt ****PROUD**** that her little brother was so honored
at a wonderful Memorial Service, with music composed by Wolfgang Mozart -
the musical genius, who had actually Lived in England for a while.
She was probably not on the Freemason's Radar Screen, and the Lodge had
nothing to apologize for in using a somewhat unknown, derivative piece for the
Memorial Service, performed at a different Lodge than Meistermusik.
Personally, I doubt that she cared, and probably didn't even know, that Mozart
had recycled some music for the Memorial Service.
And remember: Even if this piece - the MFM - were a New Piece, without
Meistermusik as a Predecessor, the "Tonus Lamentatorium" theme used in it
was 200 years old. That's "Old Music" in the MFM.
The Masonic Funeral Music was NEVER an entirely "New Piece", no matter
how you slice it and dice it.