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    This article originally appeared on David’s blog in July 2012. To continue reading, please click on the box below.

    Obsculta op. 97 | English

    "Obsculta, o fili, præcepta magistri, et inclina aurem cordis tui... Listen carefully, my son, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart..."

    The opening words from the rule of St. Benedict († 547) have inspired the Luxembourgish composer/pianist David Ianni to write a piece about the nature of silence. All music emerges from silence and leads back into silence. Only by listening with our hearts, can the essence of silence be heard and understood. The composing process naturally led to a quotation of the ancient Gregorian Chant Ubi Caritas (“where charity and love are, God is there”), a Chant that David already recorded with his friends, the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz (Austria) in 2011.

    When David met the filmmaker Vitùc in late 2011, he knew that Vitùc had exactly the sensitivity, the passion and the skills to transpose the message of his music into visuals. In May of 2012, Vitùc and David visited the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz for a week. Inspired by the music, the beauty of the monastery and the friendliness of the monks, Vitùc composed a wonderful music clip that reveals some of the unutterable nature of silence and listening – the genesis of all true art.

    Obsculta op. 97 | Deutsch

    „Obsculta, o fili, præcepta magistri, et inclina aurem cordis tui… Höre, mein Sohn, auf die Weisung des Meisters, neige das Ohr deines Herzens…“

    Der erste Satz aus der Regel des hl. Benedikt († 547) hat den luxemburgischen Komponisten und Pianisten David Ianni dazu inspiriert, ein Stück über das Wesen der Stille zu schreiben. Jede Musik entspringt der Stille und führt in die Stille zurück. Nur indem man mit dem Herzen lauscht, kann man die wahre Natur der Stille hören und verstehen. Getragen vom täglichen Ruhegebet, führte der Kompositionsprozess wie selbstverständlich zu einem Zitat des Gregorianischen Chorals Ubi Caritas („Wo Güte ist und Liebe, da ist Gott“), den David bereits 2011 mit seinen Freunden, den Mönchen des Stiftes Heiligenkreuz aufgenommen hat.

    Als David Ende 2011 den Filmemacher Vitùc traf, wusste er auf Anhieb, dass dieser Künstler genau die Sensibilität, die Leidenschaft und das Können mitbrachte, derer es bedarf, um seine Musik in Bilder zu transponieren. Im Mai 2012 besuchten Vitùc und David für eine Woche das Stift Heiligenkreuz. Inspiriert von der Musik, der Schönheit des Klosters und der Liebenswürdigkeit der Mönche, hat Vitùc ein Video „komponiert“, das einen Hauch der unaussprechlichen Essenz der Stille offenbart – jener Geburtsstätte aller wahren Kunst.

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    These photos were made during the shooting of Obsculta in Heiligenkreuz.
    Click on the photos to enlarge and view their descriptions.

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    This article originally appeared on David’s blog in March 2013. To continue reading, please click on the box below.

    Notes on the soundtrack of “Follow Me Home”

    So I wrote my first soundtrack. Somewhat out of the blue. My friend Vitùc asked me if I would like to compose the music for his new film project, a documentary about homeless people in Luxembourg, commissioned by Stëmm vun der Strooss. After seeing the first scene I knew that I wanted to do it.

    I was lucky enough that cellist Lisa Berg agreed to participate in this volunteer project, which allowed me to write for piano and cello. The additional color of the cello enriches the score in many wonderful ways.

    I had a simple, yet challenging concept in mind: I wanted to compose with reduced, concentrated means, using only a few musical themes. The harmonies should be straightforward, yet surprising and unusual. I wanted my music to add some light, hope and warmth to the sad stories of the people portrayed in the film.

    During our work on the project, Vitùc sent me a recording of a composition by his 11-year-old daughter Elena, called “With Hope”. I was so touched by the melody and the harmonies that I decided to rework and include this piece in my soundtrack.

    My thanks go to Vitùc and his co-director Marc Hammer for their trust in me (I was given complete artistic freedom in all of my choices!), to Christophe Hubert and Patrick Floener for recording and editing the music, and of course to Lisa Berg for her beautiful cello playing. I would also like to thank the association “Stëmm vun der Strooss” for initiating this very special project.

    Last but not least, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to the homeless persons who granted us a glimpse into their homes and into their souls for this documentary. I dedicate my soundtrack to all of you.

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