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.