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Music celebrates day of peace
Canberra pianist Marcela Fiorillo will perform two musical pieces with messages of peace in the Music for Peace concert at the National Gallery.
Picture: Elesa Lee
A PIECE of music written in a World
War II prison camp will be used as a
message of hope in Canberra on the
International Day of Peace.
Canberra's own internationally-
renowned pianist Marcela Fiorillo will
perform two incredible musical pieces
with messages of peace on Sept-
The Music for Peace concert will
promote cross-cultural understanding
Proudly supported by the ACT
Government, ACT Human Rights
Commission and the Australian Gov-
ernment's Regional Arts Fund, Music
for Peace would not be possible
without Fiorillo. She was approached
by organiser and multicultural arts
officer Jorge Bagnini to play the
Quartet for the End of Time.
Fiorillo has always been interested
in the well-known piece because of its
background. Quartet for the End of
Time was composed by Olivier Mes-
siaen during the Second World War,
when he was a prisoner in a concen-
"There he met three musicians and
he was inspired to compose this big
piece of work called the Quartet for the
End of Time," Fiorillo said.
The musicians were able to use
instruments at the camp but they were
missing pieces and in poor condition.
The Quartet for the End of Time
premiered on January 15, 1941, in
Barrack 27 of a Nazi prison camp to
hundreds of prisoners and their guards.
"I wanted to do this work and so I
spoke with Jorge and he told me it
would be great to produce a concert for
the International Day of Peace with
this work," Fiorillo said.
"It's a message of peace that a
person in prison could create such a big
While the Quartet for the End of
Time is the premier piece of the Music
for Peace concert, Fiorillo will be
opening the show with a performance
of Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor,
Op. Posth, by Frederic Chopin.
This nocturne also has an incredible
story that Fiorillo is keen to share with
the Music for Peace audience.
On September 23, 1939, pianist
Wladislaw Szpilman was performing a
Chopin recital at a recording studio at
Warsaw Radio. But before the concert
could be completed, Poland's capital
was bombed and the last live music
heard was Wladislaw Szpilman's per-
formance of the nocturne.
"The broadcast was interrupted and
Szpilman was taken to a concentration
camp," Fiorillo said.
When broadcasting resumed in
1945, Szpilman was invited to perform
when the radio transmission was re-
"When the war finished the first
piece the radio broadcasted ... was this
nocturne," Fiorillo said.
There was only time for one
additional piece, because the Quartet
for the End of Time runs for 50 minutes
and is broken into eight different
"This nocturne seemed to be ideal to
introduce the program," Fiorillo said.
In the quartet she is supported by
Robert Schubert on clarinet, Barbara
Gilby on violin and Julian Thompson
"It's a very demanding work
and it's one of the main compo-
sitions of the 20th century,"
"What I feel when I'm
playing it is that it's strange, the
coincidence between the story
of the piece and the meaning of
this concert and the deep sad-
ness of the music of Chopin who wrote
and composed this piece one century
"This is the magic of the music --
you can make present things that
happened in the past."
Organiser Bagnini said the Quartet
for the End of Time was a performance
of adversity and showed that peace
"The music of life cannot be
stopped," he said.
Music for Peace will be held at
National Gallery, Fairfax Theatre on
September 22. For bookings call
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