WORLD PEACE DAY
Cowra has an extensive history and story to tell about the role of peace. Drawing on the events of the Cowra Breakout with the Japanese and Italian prisoners of war, the World Peace Bell, the Japanese Garden, Peace Precinct and ongoing commitment to international understanding, Nicholas has composed new music that reflects all of this. He has included the World Peace Bell (outside Cowra Civic Centre) as an instrument in the composition.
Instead of a live performance at the Centre which isn’t possible with Covid-19 restrictions in place, the orchestral work will be broadcast through sound systems on the back of vehicles which will be driven slowly through the residential streets of Cowra, taking the music to the people.
World Peace Suite by Nicholas Gentile
The music is structured in three movements and runs for 16 minutes. The first movement is about the human story, the human struggle between having someone as an enemy but then the human side… the cognitive dissonance. The second movement, which was largely inspired by Cowra’s Japanese Garden, is divided into four musical ideas: rebirth, growth, the cherry blossom, and finally the fleeting nature of life.
The third and final movement of the suite, described by Nicholas as “epic”, is composed for full orchestra, choir and soloists with poetry lyrics by local singer songwriter, Lusi Austin. Sung in English, Korean, Thai, Italian and Japanese, the theme is world peace. The message of the work is “live the path of peace”, which is fitting given Cowra’s history and connection to peace and reconciliation.
to listen to an interview with Nicholas about his composition on SoundCloud. A new window will open.
The recording will be launched at 5pm on Monday 21st September with the vehicles driving slowly through the residential streets of Cowra for three hours. Residents are encouraged to step outside their front doors to listen to the music as it passes by taking a moment to reflect on World Peace Day. Download the maps
to listen to the full composition.
World Peace Day:
Monday 21 September, 2020