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performer : Noordewier-Reddingius, Aaltje

RC 7 Dämmerung (“Dämm’rung senkte sich von oben”)

instrumentation: mixed choir a cappella ♦ Dämmerung (Twilight), number VIII of the cycle Chinesisch-Deutsche Jahres- und Tageszeiten (Chinese-German Seasons and Times of Day), is the first poem by Goethe that Diepenbrock set to music. There i…

RC 10 Vijftiende-eeuwsch bruyloftslied (“Heer Jezus in der bruyloft quam”)

instrumentation: vocal quartet or mixed choir a cappella ♦ Like Blij stond de zon (Joyfully Stood the Sun, RC 9), Diepenbrock composed the Vijftiende-eeuwsch bruyloftslied (Fifteenth-Century Wedding Song) for the wedding of his college friend Jan Sterck. Both…

RC 20 Die Liebende schreibt (“Ein Blick von deinen Augen in die meinen”)

instrumentation: contralto or mezzo-soprano and piano // soprano and piano ♦ On 30 April 1898 the soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius performed seven songs by Alphons Diepenbrock in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. One of them was the sonnet Die Liebende schreibt (The Lover Write…

RC 23 Ave Maria

instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and organ or piano // soprano and organ or piano ♦ In the course of 1888-89 Diepenbrock read La faute de l'abbé Mouret by Émile Zola. He had borrowed a copy from his college friend Aegidius W. Timmerman. A letter Diepenbrock wrote to Timmerman on 23 J…

RC 29 Canticum “O Jesu ego amo te”

instrumentation: soprano and piano // soprano and organ ♦ In the literary magazine De Nieuwe Gids of January 1893 Alphons Diepenbrock published a review of Le Latin mystique van Remy de Gourmont, which he had written on 13 December 1892.1 In response, Frans …

RC 37 Hinüber wall’ ich

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ Hinüber wall’ ich (I Pilgrimage Over There, 1897) was the first song Diepenbrock wrote on a text by Novalis. The poem is from the collection Hymnen an die Nacht (Hymns to the Night). In the following …

RC 39 Te Deum laudamus

instrumentation: soloists, two mixed choirs and orchestra ♦ Already in 1892 Diepenbrock made up his mind to write a Te Deum, but the first sketches do not date until May 1896. He actually wrote the piece between 1 September and 1 December 1897. Notes in two of…

RC 40 Écoutez la chanson bien douce

instrumentation: mezzo soprano (or contralto) and piano // soprano and piano ♦ Écoutez la chanson bien douce (Hear the Sweetest Song) was the first French text Diepenbrock set to music. When he was working on it at the beginning of January 1898, he had problems ‘translating’ the…

RC 41 Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen

instrumentation: soprano or tenor and piano ♦ As a child Diepenbrock regularly visited the home of the Alberdingk Thijm family. The literary scholar J.A. Alberdingk Thijm was a cousin of his mother. His youngest son Karel wrote under the pseudony…

RC 42 Lied der Spinnerin (“Es sang vor langen Jahren”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ On 2 April 1898 Diepenbrock came into the possession of the Ausgewählte Schriften (Selected Writings) of Clemens Brentano (1778-1842), an exponent of German early Romanticism. Exactly two weeks later …


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