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performer : Mengelberg, Willem

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 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…

RC 67 Im grossen Schweigen (“Hier liegt das Meer, hier können wir die Stadt vergessen”)

instrumentation: baritone and orchestra ♦ As a student Diepenbrock was fascinated by the prose and ideas of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Already in 1899 he considered setting Aphorism no. 423 from Morgenröthe (Daybreak) to musi…

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 73 Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ Three days after completing the orchestral score of Wenn ich ihn nur habe (If Only I Have Him, RC 72) Diepenbrock started orchestrating Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen (I Am No Longer Alone in …

RC 75 Lied der Spinnerin (“Es sang vor langen Jahren”)

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ In October 1906 Diepenbrock accompanied the soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Redingius when she was rehearsing the final scene of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. When the singer decided not yet to try her hand at …

RC 77 Mignon (“Kennst du das Land”)

instrumentation: contralto and orchestra ♦ Between 1906 and 1908 Diepenbrock revised and orchestrated several of his early songs. In a letter to one of his friends of December 1907 he explained the reason for the series of orchestrations: The …


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