duration: 18min 
instrumentation: string quartet
movements: I. Universal Declaration II. Blue Meditation (in remembrance of the United Nations family killed in the pursuit of peace) III. Unfinished Assignments (for Sergio Vieira de Mello and the people of the world) IV. Peaceful Resolution
premiere: Daedalus Quartet; United Nations, New York City, NY on 08/19/2008


String quartet in honor of the United Nations.

part one

part two

The Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg said in an interview with the UN News Centre that he was inspired to compose Song Without Borders after hearing of the “senseless act” that took place at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003.

Being a pacifist and a believer in the work of the UN, Mr. Heitzeg said it was “extremely emotional” for him to write the piece of music.

“Even though these people’s lives were taken, their spirit and what they have worked their entire lives for will never be killed,” Mr. Heitzeg said.

Song without Borders will premiere at the UN Headquarters ceremony in New York in front of survivors of the attack.

Mr. Heitzeg said that in its second movement, “Blue Meditation” (in remembrance of members of the UN family killed in the pursuit of peace), a voice can be heard crying for peace. He added that he hoped the piece would heal wounds for survivors and others.

Tomorrow morning, UN officials including Mr. Ban are set to gather in New York for the solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of the terrorist bombing. The ceremony has been organized by the Standing Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service. — United Nations News Service, August 18, 2008