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performer : Noordewier-Reddingius, Aaltje

RC 43 Clair de lune (“Votre âme est un paysage choisi”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano // mezzo-soprano and piano ♦ Diepenbrock composed Clair de lune (Moonshine) in September 1898. The song was inspired by Fauré’s setting, which he called “very beautiful” in a letter to Charles Smulders. He continued: “The strikin…

RC 45 Geistliches Lied (“Wenn ich ihn nur habe”)

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ The works by Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg (1772-1801), better known under his pseudonym Novalis, were close to Diepenbrock’s heart. His high regard for the ideas of the German poet and philosopher…

RC 49 Hymne an die Nacht “Gehoben ist der Stein”

instrumentation: soprano and orchestra ♦ Inspired by the young Dutch soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius, Diepenbrock composed Gehoben ist der Stein (Uplifted is the Stone) for her in the first half of 1899. It is one of the Hymnen an die N…

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

instrumentation: soprano and piano ♦ In August 1908 Diepenbrock took up another poem by Clemens Brentano, a German writer he had known since his childhood: Der Abend (The Evening). The nocturnal atmosphere, a recurring topic in both thei…


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