Adieu Grand Duke Jean

In order to honor Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (05.01.1921 – 23.04.2019) on his first memorial day, David Ianni and his publisher Universal Edition invited musicians to interpret their personal version of David’s ‘Adieu’, a composition that he wrote after the passing of the Grand Duke in late April 2019.

Musicians in order of appearance (scroll down to watch their complete performances):

Preface of the sheet music:

On 23 April 2019, Grand Duke Jean of Luxemburg died at the age of 98. Moved by this news, I composed ‘Adieu’, a musical homage to the beloved head of state in my country, Luxembourg. The piece’s 98 bars begin with the ducal family’s anthem, the so-called ‘Wilhelmus’. At first, it is played in unison, before being repeated in canon with the left hand. After this prologue, follows the main theme: a broad melody that expresses esteem and gratitude for the late Grand Duke. After the theme’s repeat in a solemn crescendo, we once again hear the ‘Wilhelmus’ before both melodies are combined in the closing section. – David Ianni

Vorwort der Partitur:

Am 23. April 2019 verstarb Großherzog Jean von Luxemburg im Alter von 98 Jahren. Bewegt von dieser Nachricht komponierte ich in jenen Tagen „Adieu“, eine musikalische Hommage an das beliebte Staatsoberhaupt meines Heimatlandes Luxemburg. Das 98 Takte umfassende Stück beginnt mit der Hymne der großherzoglichen Familie, dem sogenannten „Wilhelmus“, zunächst einstimmig gespielt, dann im Kanon von der linken Hand wiederholt. Nach diesem Prolog erklingt das Hauptthema: eine weit gespannte Melodie, die Wertschätzung und Dankbarkeit für den Verstorbenen zum Ausdruck bringt. Nach der Wiederholung des Themas in einem feierlichen Crescendo hören wir erneut den „Wilhelmus“, bevor beide Melodien im Schlussteil zusammengeführt werden. – David Ianni

The ‘Wilhelmus’ is based on an old melody of the 16th century. The grand-ducal hymn was created in 1919 and had its first public performance in 1920 – exactly 100 years ago (source: Wikipedia).

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  • ADIEU Grand-Duc Jean • Tribute videos (in alphabetical order)

    Christiane Bachstein

    Daniel Balthasar

    Nora Braun & Constantin Riccardi

    Yasi, Yaning, Athena & Keny Chen

    Charel Hoffmann

    David Ianni (live at Girsterklaus)

    Astrid Koemptgen

    Jeremy Ney

    Maxime Prinz

    Lilia Recht

    Charel Rosselet

    Tamara Rosselet

    Lukas Sternath

    Kasia Wieczorek

    Claude Windeshausen


    Bonus versions

    David Ianni (album version)

    David Ianni (SPIRIO version)

    Wilhelmus (arr. Phlippe Kayl)

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

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