1. Nathan. Daja. Recha. The Dervish
2. The Sultan. Zittah. The Imam
3. The Templar. The Monk. The Patriarch
4. The Ring Parable
The plot of the dramatic poem "Nathan The Wise" is set in Jerusalem at the time of the crusades, i.e. in the 13th century. Its author, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, lived during the 18th century, from 1729 to 1781, to be exact.
Today, as I am presenting this symphony to you, the year is 2014. Is this topic still a topic? Has nothing changed in all these centuries?
A lot has changed. Conflicts are no longer fought out with the lance and the sword – machine guns and explosives are so much more effective. Heretics of all kinds are no longer put in the pillory – now we have the shit storm for that.
In the substance of human convivence, however, the changes between Lessing's times and today are just the same as those between the times of
2 Grand Flutes
2 Clarinets in A
12 First Violins
12 Second Violins
6 Double Basses
4 French Horns
2 Trumpets in Bflat
2 Tenor Trombones
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the crusades and Lessing's days: There are none. To this day, it appears to be incomprehensible to humans that their
wonted "truth" might be only one of several copies of the one true ring. Therein lies the actuality of "Nathan The Wise".
"Nathan" was composed in Titusville.
Composition started on July 26th, 2013,
the score was completed on February 1st, 2014.