‘Celebrating Peace through Justice’

75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice

You are kindly invited to join our musical tribute, Hymne des Nations, to the invaluable work of the International Court of Justice.

The world is a safer and more prosperous place thanks to international cooperation. As music connects people, countries, generations and cultures, music is also one of the best ways to spread this message. This event presents musical journey called #UnitedMusic75. The aim of this challenge has been to show solidarity and highlight the convening power of music for a common cause: Peace through Justice. 

On Sunday 18th April 2021 the Hymne des Nations was performed by the Residentie Orkest The Hague and harpist Lavinia Meijer live from the Museon. Composer Jaap Nico Hamburger incorporated the thematic material into the second movement to honour the spirit of the founding of the Court. 

Create your personal interpretation of the Hymne des Nations* and be part of the longest and most diverse musical chain ever made. Let’s give PEACE through JUSTICE a rhythm that resonates all around the world, connecting nations, cultures and YOU!

Join this musical event and read the instructions below!

Project initiator, Goodwill Ambassador for the UNANL and harpist Lavinia Meijer calls for action

To celebrate 75 years of the UNITED NATIONS and its International Court of Justice we invite you to join the United Music 75 challenge.

We want as many musicians, representing as many nations as possible to participate in this challenge, and hope this will lead to a musical chain of submissions representing all nations by April 2022.

October 24th 2020 musical variations were presented to surprise the UN on its 75th birthday. April 2021, when the International Court of Justice turned 75, a musical chain was shared. Throughout 2022 this musical challenge continues.

* The hymn was written for the inauguration of the Peace Palace in 1913 by Jewish-Dutch composer Charles Grelinger. However, the original piece was never performed, nor did he live to hear it! So now, with your contributions, it will finally echo in the halls it was composed for.

The original piece was adapted for carillon by carillonneur Heleen van der Weel and sent to all corners of the world by the carillon foundation The Hague, so that all carillonneurs would play it as part of the ‘War Memorial and Peace Carillons’.

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