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The Parable of the Rings from Lessing’s ‟Nathan the Wise" contains messages that are important to Freemasons. Truth, wisdom, and humanity are not simple to achieve in our every day decisions. ‟This statement embodies the idea of humanity for me like none other. That is why I decided to set the Parable of the Rings to music," says the Hamburger composer Gloria Bruni. She composed the symphony to the Parable of the Rings on commission from the Lodge Absalom. Bruni is well-known because of the musical ‟Dornenvögel" (‟The Thorn Birds") and her ‟Requiem a Roma" which was premiered at the Vatican in honour of Pope John Paul II. The world premiere of her Symphony No. 1 takes place for the 275th anniversary of the founding of the Lodge Absalom: the musical ceremony is on Sunday, 30 September 2012 at 11:00 in the Laeiszhalle. The conductor Wilhelm Keitel and the Hamburger Symphoniker will launch the opus along with the Chorknaben Uetersen. As soloists are the mezzo soprano Deborah Humble and the bass baritone Christian Tschelebiev. The symphony is peppered with sounds from the craft of the masons. Gloria Bruni says, ‟It was a great honour for me to translate Lessing’s Parable of the Rings into the universal language of music."

Parable of the Rings - Symphony

Based on Lessing’s "Nathan the Wise" for a full orchestra, organ, choir and soloists.  

Sunday, 30 September 2012  


Composer: Gloria Bruni

The Hamburger Symphoniker will perform.

Conductor: Wilhelm Keitel   

Laeiszhalle (Musikhalle)