The Peace Palace carillon to commemorate 75 years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6 and 9, victims of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are remembered in many parts of the world. 210,000 civilians were immediately killed as a result of the bombs. Tens of thousands of people died from radiation exposure, and people still suffer from the consequences.

The carillon of the Peace Palace will play special music, including Bartok, Beethoven and John Lennon, and Japanese folk songs to commemorate the victims on August 6 from 13:00 to 13:45. There are many places to sit on the grounds in front of the Peace Palace.
Ite van Dijk

The program:
1. Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Lament (first part) in his piano book For Children
(A remembrance to all victims august 6/9 1945)
2. Charles Grelinger (1873-1942), Hymne des Nations (1924) (see ‘Hymne des Nations Grelinger’)
3. Beethoven (1770-1827), Alle Menschen werden Brüder
4. Lennon/McCartney, Give peace a chance
5. Ira-Paul Schwarz (1922-2006 USA), Contemplating a Japanese garden (ed.`Friends Albany Carillon (USA)’)
Japanese music
1. Three Japanese Folk Songs: 1. Kawai 2. Sakura 3. Komoriuta
2. Naoko Ikeda, Two Japanese impressions (piano):
a. Hana-Ikada (Raft of Flowers)
b. Kobai-Hakubai (Plum Blossoms)

Hymn of Nations *
O peuples! Pourquoi fair la guerre. Why does one man kill another
Est-il utile de tuer? Isn’t life a fairer fate?
Nous sommes sur la terre tous frères, Is brotherly love to one another
Des êtres qui doivent s’aimer! Not the highest commandment for mankind?
Regardez bien, le monde est immense, O, just look at the endless earth,
On peut y vivre avec l “espérance. How it gave birth to abundance for everyone,
Et vivre en se tendant les bras, No more hate and no bitterness
Sans rancoeur ici bass. And avoid brotherly struggle.
Plus the haine, plus the combats. That no war cry rings around
Ah! fuyons le noir trépas. Peace! Cheer from word of mouth.

* Library Peace Palace The Hague