MUSIC FOR WORLD PEACE DAY - COWRA, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Monday 21 September, 2020
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.
to listen to the full composition.
WORLD PEACE SUITE
Composer Nicholas Gentile
Commissioned by Cowra Civic Centre
Poetry Lyrics by Luci Austin
Movement 1: Once Foes, Now Friends
Movement 2: The Cherry Blossom
Movement 3: Path of Peace
Timothy O'Neal Sung
Featuring and thanks to:
Kailesh Reitmans, Phil Gentile, Demi Louise, Brittanie Shipway, Dani Mirels, Clare Mack, Cypriana Singh, Denzel Bruhn, Emelina Elizabeth-Marie, Alexis Hutchinson, Martin Everett, Matt Herne, Serena Tramontana
Produced by Jonathan Llewellyn for Cowra Civic Centre.