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poet : Novalis

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 45 Geistliches Lied (“Wenn ich ihn nur habe”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ The works by Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg (1772-1801), better known under his pseudonym Novalis, were close to Diepenbrock’s heart. His high regard for the ideas of the German poet and philosopher…

RC 47 Abendmahlshymne “Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe”

instrumentation: soprano or tenor and organ ♦ Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe (Few Know the Secret of Love) is the second of the Geistliche Lieder (Sacred Songs) from the eponymous collection by Novalis that Diepenbrock composed in the autu…

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 72 Geistliches Lied (“Wenn ich ihn nur habe”)

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ In the autumn of 1906 there was a lot of interest in Diepenbrock’s music. Thanks to the effort of the composer Jan Ingenhoven, who was active as a conductor in Germany, his work was also performed the…

RC 84 Hinüber wall’ ich

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ The orchestration of Hinüber wall’ ich (I Pilgrimage Over There, RC 37) marks the end of a period in which Diepenbrock arranged ten of his piano songs for orchestra. The successful premiere of the orc…

RC 107 Weihnachtslied (“Fern im Osten wird es helle”)

instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and organ ♦ At the end of October 1909 Diepenbrock’s Hymne an die Nacht “Muss immer der Morgen wiederkommen” (Hymn to the Night “Must the Morning Always Return”, RC 50) on a text by Novalis was performed several …

RC 110* Lied von der Mädchen Plagen (“Sind wir nicht geplagte Wesen”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ After setting five texts by Novalis to music in 1897-1899 (RC 37, 45, 47, 49 and 50), it took ten years before Diepenbrock used another poem by the German early Romantic poet and philosopher, who died…


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