Interview vum 28.03.2020 (Luxembourgish)

Live streaming concert on Wednesday, 08.04.2020, 20:00

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TOGETHER – Call to Action – We Need YOU!

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ADIEU – Call to Action – free sheet music!

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ADIEU - a special event with composer David Ianni an Universal Edition in honour of the Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

When Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg died on 23 April 2019 at the age of 98, the Luxembourg composer and pianist David Ianni spontaneously composed a piano piece in honour of his statesman. In the 98 measures Ianni processes the Grand Ducal hymn of Wilhelmus in the canon and combines it in the last part with the main theme of Adieu, a long, sweeping melody in F sharp major that expresses kindness and gratitude.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of ‘Grand-Duc’ Jean, David Ianni wanted to produce a music video with Adieu. Unfortunately, the COVID 19 crisis prevented this project. However, in order to commemorate the former head of state of Luxembourg in a special way, David Ianni has decided with Universal Edition to make the sheet music of Adieu freely available until 30 April, 2020.

Interpretations are welcome to be posted with the hashtag #adieujean, which David Ianni collects and wants to publish for his social media channels on Grand Duke Jean's Memorial Day. We wish you much joy with this very special piece of music!

For more infos, please visit:

ODE TO THE HELPERS • A special work in progress for all the helpers

ODE TO THE HELPERS. Ein besonderes Streichquartett für besondere Menschen in außergewöhnlichen Zeiten. 4 eigenständige Solo-Stücke für 4 Solo-Streichinstrumente. Die 4 Kompositionen können beliebig kombiniert – gleichzeitig – gespielt werden, ob 2, 3 oder alle 4 Instrumente zusammen, um so jedes Mal ein neues Stück zu bilden.


World premiere of the first movement of David Ianni’s special string quartet “Ode to the Helpers”. This work honors everybody on the planet who helps us to overcome the COVID19 crisis. The composition has four solo movements for the four string instruments, each representing a quality of a good helper: “Focussed“, “Calm“, “Loving“ and “Strong“. After the presentation of the solo pieces, these movements are played simultaneously in every possible combination (e.g. alto/cello, violon 1/violin 2/cello etc.) including the four musicians performing their piece at the same time to form the grand final movement of this “Ode to the Helpers“.

Performed live by Ilan Schneider, solo violist of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, on 31th March 2020 in a streaming concert from his living room for the concert series “Live aus der Stuff“ by “Maskénada”, with the support of the Luxembourgish Ministry of Culture.

Welcome to David Ianni’s website

Pianist and composer David Ianni from Luxembourg has become well-known for his project MY URBAN PIANO for which a series of nine music videos was produced in different European Capitals of Culture. An original composition was dedicated to each city and performed on an artistically designed piano. The pianos were donated to institutions of the cites. Not only is David a musical ambassador for his home country, but also for the European Idea.

David’s music is highly sophisticated and rooted in the tradition of classical music, yet easily accessible for everyone. Each of his compositions is unique and touching, celebrating the gift of life, the treasure of peace and the blessing of forgiveness. Being a genuine communicator both onstage and in life, David loves to work with people and is capable of inspiring others with his enthusiasm and love for life. Among others, David has worked with children, cancer patients, refugees and disabled people. The powerful beauty of his music unites people regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, social status or age. With his musical projects David wants to leave a positive mark on everyone involved.

Join David’s journey and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and sign up for his newsletter. Watch David’s videos on his YouTube channel.

You too can have a musical composition written exclusively for you.

If you want David Ianni to give your personality, brand or institution a unique signature music that reaches the hearts, get in touch.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou


David’s new album

Digital release: 01.11.2019
CD release: 13.12.2019

Farewell Prayers is David’s most personal album so far: contemplative and emotional piano music that centers around the theme of farewell. The album contains hits like “Adieu” and “Forever” in addition to three songs by Michael Patrick Kelly that the composer rewrote for piano and the five-part cycle “Adoratio” which is based on Gregorian chants.
Farewell Prayers ist Davids bislang persönlichstes Album: meditative und emotionale Klaviermusik, die sich mit dem Thema „Abschied“ auseinandersetzt. Neben Hits wie „Adieu“ und „Forever” enthält das Album drei Songs von Michael Patrick Kelly, die der Komponist für Klavier umgeschrieben habe, sowie den fünfteiligen Zyklus „Adoratio“, der auf gregorianischen Chorälen beruht.

Read the liner notes here (English & deutsch).


FOREVER (project for grieving children) ➝ info page

ADIEU – A musical tribute to H.R.H. Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

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Buy the score at Universal Edition

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Buy the single on iTunes
(also available on the album
Farewell Prayers)



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English introduction

Deutsche Einführung

CHILDHOOD (Anthem for SOS Children’s Village Luxembourg)

Video by David Draad

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