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RC 17* Mignons Verklärung (“So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde”)

instrumentation: solo voice and piano ♦ In the summer of 1886, two years after setting Goethe’s famous poem Mignon to music (RC 12), Diepenbrock turned to another poem from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship): Mign…

RC 26* Het daghet uyt den Oosten

Diepenbrock makes no mention of his draft of Het daghet uyt den Oosten (The Sun Rises in the East) in his correspondence. Moreover, the manuscript bears no date, so we can only guess when and why he s…

RC 62* Des Menschen Seele gleicht dem Wasser

instrumentation: vocal male quartet ♦ The little sketchbook C-3 contains a setting for male vocal quartet of the beginning of Goethe’s Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits Over the Waters). The fragment comprises the f…

RC 65* Iris (“Ik ben geboren uit zonnegloren”)

instrumentation: solo voice and orchestra ♦ In spring 1903 Diepenbrock orchestrated the two songs for tenor on texts by Jacques Perk (1859-1881), which he had composed in April 1885 and March 1900: Avondzang (Evening Song, RC 13/59) and Zij slu…

RC 76* Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen

In 1907 Diepenbrock orchestrated several of his earlier songs for alto and piano. Most likely in January he took up Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen (Can I Carry Hot Desires in My Heart, RC 55)…

RC 88* Der Abend (“Wie so leis’ die Blätter wehn”)

instrumentation: vocal quartet ♦ After composing three vocal quartets on texts by Goethe (RC 85, 86, 87) for Gerard Zalsman’s ensemble of soloists within one week in August 1908, Diepenbrock resolved to set the poem Der Abend (The Ev…

RC 89* Der Abend (“Wie so leis’ die Blätter wehn”)

instrumentation: soprano, alto and organ ♦ After Diepenbrock had made two attempts at setting Brentano’s poem Der Abend (The Evening) for vocal quartet (see RC 88) on 22 August 1908, he drastically changed his approach. He chose a setting for …

RC 94* Früh, wann die Hähne krähn

instrumentation: solo voice and piano ♦ Page 56 of sketchbook C-9 contains Diepenbrock’s setting of the first strophe of Früh, wann die Hähne krähn (Early, When the Cockerels Crow), a poem from Eduard Mörike’s novel Maler Nolten (The Painte…

RC 96* Liedren als klinkende luiten

instrumentation: solo voice and piano ♦ As a young man Diepenbrock greatly admired the poetry by Willem Kloos and at a later age he was often moved by the beauty of his verses as well. However, he never set any of Kloos’ many poems to music…

RC 98* Sérénade (“Comme la voix d’un mort”)

instrumentation: solo voice and piano ♦ The day after completing his song on a text by Verlaine Puisque l’aube grandit (Since Dawn Awoke, RC 97) on 19 July 1909, Diepenbrock made a start with a setting of Sérénade – also by Verlaine – on p.…


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