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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 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 55 Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen

instrumentation: contralto or mezzo-soprano and piano ♦ Kann ich im Busen heisse Wünsche tragen (Can I Carry Hot Desires in My Heart?), composed in early summer 1902, is dedicated to the alto Pauline de Haan-Manifarges. Several weeks after its publication …

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 …

RC 78 Der König in Thule (“Es war ein König in Thule”)

instrumentation: contralto and orchestra ♦ The ballads Mignon (RC 12) and Der König in Thule (The King in Thule, RC 16), composed in 1884 and 1886 respectively, were orchestrated shortly after each other in February and March 1907 at the reque…