A HYMN TO THE UNITED NATIONS



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A HYMN TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Music: Pablo Casals Words: Wystan Auden
Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus
of the National Academic Bolshoj Opera Theatre of Belarus
Conductor: Vyachaslau Bartnouski
Choirmaster: Nina Lamanovich

Though many songs have been written about the United Nations, there is no official anthem for the Organization. One such song was written and performed at the United Nations Headquarters on 24 October 1971, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations. Her authors were famous Spanish composer Pablo Casals and classic of English poetry Whystan Auden.

The two prominent authors, though they had never met, were brought together by then UN Secretary-General U Thant. As the Secretary-General explained, the song was to be based on the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations. Although it would not be formally adopted as the official anthem of the United Nations, U Thant hoped it would be performed on appropriate occasions.

A Hymn to the United Nations can only be used in official UN events, such as observance of United Nations Day. It cannot be used for commercial purposes, or outside of the UN aegis.

HYMN TO THE UNITED NATIONS

Music: Pablo Casals Words: Wystan Auden

Eagerly, musician.
Sweep your string,
So we may sing.
Elated, optative,
Our several voices
Interblending,
Not interfering
But co-inhering,
For all within
The cincture
of the sound,
Is holy ground
Where all are brothers,
None faceless Others,
Let mortals beware

Of words, for
With words we lie,
Can say peace

When we mean war,
Foul thought speak- fair
And promise falsely,
But song is true:
Let music for peace
Be the paradigm,
For peace means to change At
the right time, as the World-
Clock
Goes Tick- and Tock,
Goes Tick- and tock
So may the story
Of our human city
Presently move
Like music, when
Begotten notes
New notes beget
Making the flowing,
Of time a growing
Till what it could be,

At last it is,
Where even sadness
Is a form of gladness,
Where fate is freedom,
Grace and Surprise.
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A Hymn to the UN was first time performed in Belarus by the Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academic Bolshoj Opera Theatre of Belarus (conductor — Viachaslau Bartnouski, choirmaster — Nina Lamanovich) on 24 October 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. The record was made at the studio of the Belarusian Radio (sound engineer — N.N.) in January 2006.

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