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RC 30 Rey van clarissen (“O Kerstnacht, schooner dan de dagen”)

instrumentation: female choir and orchestra ♦ While Diepenbrock was setting Vondel’s Rey van burchtsaeten (Choral Song of the Burghers, RC 28) for mixed choir a cappella to music in the autumn of 1892, progress was being made with the rebuilding …

RC 31 Rey van Amsterdamsche maegden (“Nu stelt het puick van zoete keelen”)

instrumentation: female choir and orchestra ♦ As mentioned under RC 30, Diepenbrock’s Rey van clarissen (Choral Song of the Poor Clares) and Rey van Amsterdamsche maegden (Choral Song of the Amsterdam Virgins) were written in the same period: 4 J…

RC 33 Rey van edelingen (“Wij edelingen, blij van geest”)

instrumentation: mixed choir and orchestra ♦ On the last page of the manuscript of the piano score of his Rey van edelingen (Choral Song of the Noblemen) for mixed choir and orchestra, Diepenbrock notated the place and date where it had been cre…

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 48 Hymne voor Orchest (Violini Tutti Soli)

instrumentation: orchestra ♦ Diepenbrock had close contact with the Belgian composer Charles Smulders (1863-1934) and they criticised each other’s new works. Diepenbrock asked Smulders twice (in letters of 5 and 28 October 1898) …

RC 49 Hymne an die Nacht “Gehoben ist der Stein”

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ Inspired by the young Dutch soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius, Diepenbrock composed Gehoben ist der Stein (Uplifted is the Stone) for her in the first half of 1899. It is one of the Hymnen an die N…

RC 50 Hymne an die Nacht “Muss immer der Morgen wiederkommen”

instrumentation: contralto or mezzo-soprano and orchestra ♦ At the end of 1899 Diepenbrock completed his third composition on a text from Novalis’ Hymnen an die Nacht (Hymns to the Night). This time he had a low female voice – that of the alto Pauline de Haan-…

RC 58 Abendmahlshymne “Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe”

instrumentation: soprano or tenor and orchestra ♦ In July 1902 Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe (Few Know the Secret of Love) on a text by Novalis was premiered in the original version of 1898 with organ accompaniment (RC 47). Although Diepenbro…

RC 60 Zij sluimert (“Zij rust in ’t malsche mos en houdt gebogen”)

instrumentation: tenor and orchestra ♦ Zij sluimert (She Slumbers) is the last of the three songs Diepenbrock orchestrated at the request of the tenor Jos Tijssen, who had sung the premiere of the Abendmahlshymne (Hymn of the Last Supper, …

RC 64 Vondels vaart naar Agrippine

instrumentation: baritone and orchestra ♦ At the end of the life of his mother, Joanna Kuytenbrouwer (1833-1904), Diepenbrock read to her from a collection of novellas Portretten van Vondel (Portraits of Vondel, 1876) by the writer, literatur…


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