RC 0 Verloren gegane werken // Lost works
When Alphons Diepenbrock, just 26 years old, left his parental home in Amsterdam, on the third of September 1888, to live independently in ’s-Hertogenbosch, where he was appointed to teach classical languages at the Stedelijk Gymnasium, he toke only a few of his music manuscripts with him. He assumed that his mother would have the remaining manuscripts sent by post. She, however, had the impression that the manuscripts left behind in Amsterdam were no longer needed and had them all torn up when his room was tidied. For someone like Diepenbrock, who throughout his life cherished the past as a precious possession, the loss of his youth works, where he had tried to suppress his detest of philology, which in his opinion frustrated the study of classical languages, was irreparable, even though he was quite aware that his early compositions were not yet exempt from amateurism.