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RC 59 Avondzang (“Het zuidewindje suist”)

text source

Gedichten van Jacques Perk. Met voorrede van Mr. C. Vosmaer en inleiding van Willem Kloos (Sneek: H. Pijttersen Tz 1882), 77

first performance

Hilversum, broadcast studio

recordings

  • Anniversary Edition 3 Et'cetera KTC 1435 CD3

publications

  • Drie sonnetten voor tenor of sopraan en orkest Donemus/ADF 14972814

  • Avondzang (“Het zuidewindje suist”)
  • Perk, Jacques
  • tenor and orchestra
  • 1903-03-20 00:00:00.0 - 1903-03-27 00:00:00.0
  • duration ca. 3:30

The decision to orchestrate both songs for tenor on texts by Jacques Perk (RC 13 and RC 51) dates back to November 1902. At the initiative of Jos Tijssen (1871-1923), a lyric tenor of exceptional merit who was heading for an international career in the opera, Diepenbrock started orchestrating the Abendmahlshymne “Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe” (Hymn of the Last Supper ‘Few Know the Secret of Love, RC 58). …more >

Evening Song (incipit)


The decision to orchestrate both songs for tenor on texts by Jacques Perk (RC 13 and RC 51) dates back to November 1902. At the initiative of Jos Tijssen (1871-1923), a lyric tenor of exceptional merit who was heading for an international career in the opera, Diepenbrock started orchestrating the Abendmahlshymne “Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe” (Hymn of the Last Supper ‘Few Know the Secret of Love, RC 58).

Arranging Avondzang (Evening Song) took over a week and was completed on 27 March 1903. The orchestration of Zij sluimert (She Slumbers, RC 60) followed immediately. Diepenbrock bound the autograph scores of these compositions and that of the Abendmahlshymne together in one volume, with on its cover: Drie liederen voor Tenoor met Orkestbegeleiding (Three Songs for Tenor with Orchestral Accompaniment).

At the end of 1903 Diepenbrock suggested that Willem Mengelberg would perform this set of three at the concert in the spring of 1904 at which his Vondels vaart naar Agrippine (Vondel’s Voyage to Agrippine, RC 64) would be premiered. (BD IV:156) Mengelberg was taken with the idea, but in the end it fell through due to difficulties booking a good singer, because by then Tijssen was working for the City Theatre in Hamburg. Both Mengelberg and Diepenbrock considered Johan Rogmans, who was a renowned oratorio singer, less suitable. (BD IV:164)

As far as we know the orchestrated version of Avondzang was never performed during Diepenbrock’s lifetime. His friend W.G. Hondius van den Broek, in whose letters Perk is often mentioned, regretted this too:

I also think your Avondzang is so striking. Especially in the terza rimas: “Zomernacht doet droomen” (Summer night causes dreams), which is full of the heartfelt delight of a summer night; I would like to hear that by orchestra as well sometime. (BD V:278)

Ton Braas



Avondzang

Het zuidewindje suist door zwarte twijgen,
En kust het slapend dons der zangers teeder, –
De zilvren boomen wiegen heen en weder,
En doen hun schaduw met hen mede nijgen, –

Een stille zwoelte komt uit de akkers stijgen,
Een koele stilte daalt op donzen veder,
De zilvren nachtzon sprenkelt droomen neder,
En lacht van liefde in eeuwig lachend zwijgen:

Mathilde, sluimer! Zomernacht doet droomen,
En zomerdroomen zijn van manestralen,
En manestralen zijn als liefdestroomen:

De liefde doen zij uit den hemel dalen,
En dalen in de ziel, die zij vervromen:
Is de liefde dwaling, kan men zoeter dwalen...?

 

 


  • A-44(2) Nr. 2 of Drie liederen voor Tenoor met Orkestbegeleiding

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    A-44(2) = Nr. 2 of Drie liederen voor Tenoor met Orkestbegeleiding, dated on the last page gecomponeerd 9 April 1885 / geinstr 20-27 Maart 1903

    • 1903-03-20 00:00:00.0 – 1903-03-27 00:00:00.0
    • location: Diepenbrock Archief Laren
    • pages: 14

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    Anniversary Edition 3

    cd Et'cetera KTC 1435 CD3
    Residentie Orkest ♦ Vonk, Hans ♦ Bije, Annette de la ♦ Defraiteur, Renée ♦ Devos, Lode ♦ Hombert, Christoph ♦ Kruysen, Bernard ♦ Omroeporkest ♦ Radio Philharmonisch Orkest ♦ Promenade Orkest ♦ Berg, Maurits van den ♦ Otterloo, Willem van ♦ Silberman, Benedict

    Tracks: 1 = RC 84; 2 = RC 75; 3 = RC 92; 4 = RC 81; 5 = RC 80; 6 = RC 130; 7 = RC 59; 8 = RC 73; 9 = RC 60; 10 = RC 82; 11 = RC 83; 12 = RC 58

  • Drie sonnetten voor tenor of sopraan en orkest

    1962 Donemus/ADF