Adiós Nonino

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Adiós Nonino (Farewell, Nonino in Spanish) is a composition by tango Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla, written in October 1959 while in New York, in memory of his father, Vicente "Nonino" Piazzolla, a few days after his father's death.[1][2]


The piece was based on his earlier tango Nonino, composed in Paris in 1954, of which he kept the rhythmic part and re-arranged the rest with some additions. It would prove to be one of Piazzolla's most well-known and popular compositions, and has been recorded many times with many different arrangements and with various instruments.

Nonino is an Argentine variation of the Italian word Grandfather (Nonno) used in the diminutive (Nonnino). The piece was written in honor of Piazzollas recently deceased father who was a grandfather and therefore called familiarly Nonino.

Notable uses[edit]

The piece was played at the royal wedding of king Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and queen Máxima Zorreguieta of the Netherlands (in homage to her Argentinian roots). It was also used by Kim Yuna as her freeskate music for the 2013-14 figure skating season, which includes the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.


  1. ^ Ástor Piazzolla biography
  2. ^ History of the Buenos Aires recording remembered; the page has a link to a bandoneon solo performance video

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