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performer : Tierie, Anton

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 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 …

RC 43 Clair de lune (“Votre âme est un paysage choisi”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano // mezzo-soprano and piano ♦ Diepenbrock composed Clair de lune (Moonshine) in September 1898. The song was inspired by Fauré’s setting, which he called “very beautiful” in a letter to Charles Smulders. He continued: “The strikin…

RC 55 Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen

instrumentation: contralto or mezzo-soprano and piano ♦ Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen (Can I Carry Hot Desires in My Heart?), composed in early summer 1902, is dedicated to the alto Pauline de Haan-Manifarges. Several weeks after its publication …

RC 133 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ For the 60th concert by the Amsterdam a Cappella Choir, conducted by Anton Averkamp (1861-1934), the soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius (1868-1949) and the organist Anton Tierie (1870-1938) were inv…