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dedicatee : Noordewier-Reddingius, Aaltje

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 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 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 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 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 90 Der Abend (“Wie so leis’ die Blätter wehn”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ In August 1908 Diepenbrock took up another poem by Clemens Brentano, a German writer he had known since his childhood: Der Abend (The Evening). The nocturnal atmosphere, a recurring topic in both thei…