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RC 10 Vijftiende-eeuwsch bruyloftslied (“Heer Jezus in der bruyloft quam”)

instrumentation: vocal quartet or mixed choir a cappella ♦ Like Blij stond de zon (Joyfully Stood the Sun, RC 9), Diepenbrock composed the Vijftiende-eeuwsch bruyloftslied (Fifteenth-Century Wedding Song) for the wedding of his college friend Jan Sterck. Both…

RC 11 Der Abend kommt gezogen

instrumentation: tenor and piano ♦ In 1885 Diepenbrock’s Drie Ballades (Three Ballads) opus 1 were published in Amsterdam. The work consists of: Entsagung (Renunciation, RC 3, Uhland), Der Fischer (The Fisherman, RC 6, Goethe) and Der …

RC 12 Mignon (“Kennst du das Land”)

instrumentation: contralto and piano ♦ Diepenbrock’s earliest compositions include five songs on texts by Goethe. Two of them, the ballads Mignon and Der König in Thule (The King in Thule, RC 16) date from 1886. After a revision by the com…

RC 13 Avondzang (“Het zuidewindje suist”)

instrumentation: tenor and piano ♦ The poetry of Jacques Perk (1859-1881), whose oeuvre was published by Willem Kloos a year after his untimely death, was of great importance for Diepenbrock as a composer. In 1910 he wrote in a retrosp…

RC 14 Meinacht (“Ik zag in ’t grondloos blauw de sterren vonken”)

instrumentation: contralto and piano ♦ Diepenbrock does not mention the sonnet Meinacht (May Night) anywhere in his letters. It was written by Hélène Swarth (1859-1941) in memory of the poet Jacques Perk, who died at a young age. Diepenbro…

RC 15 Maanlicht (“O geur’ger heft zich ied’re bloeme”)

instrumentation: tenor and piano ♦ Albert Verwey (1865-1937) belonged to Diepenbrock’s close circle of friends that studied Greek and Latin or Dutch language and literature at the University of Amsterdam. Together with Willem Kloos, Fr…

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 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 18 Rouw om het jaar (“Maanden komt, brengt bloemen aan”)

instrumentation: female choir and piano ♦ Albert Verwey wrote his elegy Rouw om het jaar (Lament for the Year) on New Year’s Eve of 18841. It is largely inspired by Autumn: a Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley and The Death of the Old Year by Alfr…

RC 19 Wandrers Nachtlied (“Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh”)

instrumentation: alto, tenor, bariton, bass and piano ♦ In 1882 – the same year the Academische feestmarsch (Academic Festive March, RC 2) was composed – Diepenbrock wrote his first setting of Goethe’s Wandrers Nachtlied (Wanderer’s Night Song). Later he s…


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