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50th anniversary of Pau Casals’ first message to the United Nations


On 24 October 1958, Pau Casals was invited to New York by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld, to give a concert at the headquarters of the General Assembly in order to commemorate United Nations Day.

Accompanied by the pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Casals played Bach’s Sonata no. 2 in D major and El Cant dels ocells. The concert, together with a message which Pau Casals had recorded a few days earlier, was televised and broadcast by radio to over 40 countries round the world.
In that message, Pau Casals demanded the end of nuclear testing and urged that the governments should seek the dignity of peace, upholding the value of music as a universal language and as a source of communication among people.

You can download this message in the file which appears here.

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