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RC 16 Der König in Thule (“Es war ein König in Thule”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ Diepenbrock got acquainted with Goethe’s poetry around the age of 15. The author plays an important part throughout his oeuvre. In 1910 Diepenbrock called Goethe a great genius in a letter to the poet…

RC 95 Liebesklage (“Ist alles stumm und leer”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ At a recital in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 12 February 1912 the Hungarian alto/mezzo-soprano Ilona Durigo sang three songs by Diepenbrock: besides Clair de lune (Moonlight, RC 43) and Mandoline (M…

RC 99 Mandoline (“Les donneurs de sérénades”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ The first sketch of Diepenbrock’s setting of Verlaine’s Mandoline (Mandolin) dates from 7 June 1909. On p. 16 of sketchbook C-10 the contours of the opening melody of the voice, in the key of D major,…

RC 104 En sourdine (“Calmes dans le demi-jour”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ En sourdine (Muted) for mezzo-soprano and piano on a text by Paul Verlaine occupies a unique place in Diepenbrock’s oeuvre as it is a fairly strict copy of an existing model: the eponymous song by Deb…

RC 109* Am Abend (“Geh unter schöne Sonne”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ Diepenbrock dedicated the months May and June 1911 to a radical revision of his symphonic song Im grossen Schweigen (In the Great Silence, RC 67). After its completion on 8 July, Hölderlin’s poetry fo…

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…

RC 112 Berceuse (“Le Seigneur a dit à son enfant”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ Days after completing his Berceuse for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano (RC 111), Diepenbrock made a copy of the work for Johanna Raphael-Jongkindt, who had brought the inspiring poem by van Lerberghe t…

RC 132 Incantation (“Mets ta main dans ma main”)

instrumentation: mezzo soprano and piano ♦ On 13 September 1916 the mezzo-soprano Marie Versteegh (1884-1953) visited Diepenbrock at his home in Laren, where she sang through Beiaard (Carillion, RC 129) and the only just completed Belges, debo…