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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 70 Hymne aan Rembrandt

A grand commemoration was scheduled for 15 July 1906 to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Since the foundation of the “Committee f…

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 …

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…

RC 92 Der Abend (“Wie so leis’ die Blätter wehn”)

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ The orchestrated version of Diepenbrock’s song Der Abend (The Evening) was performed for the first time on 14 April 1910 at a subscription concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the composer. Be…

RC 101 Marsyas, of De betooverde bron

instrumentation: incidental music for spoken voices and orchestra ♦ Various influences can be found in Verhagen’s Marsyas, of De betooverde bron. In the autumn of 1908 he had become acquainted with Friedrich Nietzsche’s Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik…

RC 102 Ciaccona

instrumentation: violin and orchestra ♦ In March 1910 Diepenbrock arranged the famous Chaconne in g minor for violin and continuo by Tomaso Antonio Vitali (1663-1745) for the unusual combination of solo violin and an orchestra of two flutes…


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