Alphons Diepenbrock


Born: September 2, 1862; Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Died: April 5, 1921; Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Alphons Diepenbrock was the leading Dutch composer of his era, an extraordinary achievement for a man whose formal training was in classical languages and Greek and Roman literature. His official musical education ended with the lessons he received as a boy, from which he demonstrated prodigious skills at the keyboard and on the violin. While studying classics, he learned music theory on his own and led a choir. He was drawn to the work of Read more Palestrina and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and also to the music of Wagner. He began composing music in his teens, which included songs and choral works as well as the Academische feestmarsch for winds. He spent the 1880s working on his doctorate and later became an instructor in classics, keeping his hand in composition with such choral works as Les Elfes (1887).

In the 1890s Diepenbrock taught Greek and Latin and wrote articles on a multitude of philosophical, literary, and musical subjects. It was in the course of these activities that Diepenbrock began writing the choral works for which he became best known, including the Missa in die festo. His two Hymnen an die Nacht received their first performances under Willem Mengelberg and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, which marked his breakthrough to mainstream acceptance in Holland. Two years later, his Te Deum was premiered in similarly august circumstances. Diepenbrock found himself the most popular serious composer in Holland during the first decade of the twentieth century. He was championed by such figures as Mengelberg and Gustav Mahler. Diepenbrock and Mahler also became friends and the two men conducted each other's works, Diepenbrock using his occasions as a guest conductor at the Concertgebouw to lead performances of Mahler's symphonies, as well as the works of Debussy.

From 1905 until the outbreak of World War I, Diepenbrock was a prolific composer, principally of symphonic songs and ambitious choral works, among them Die Nacht (1911) (from Holderlin) for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, Im grossen Schweigen (1906) (from Nietzsche) for baritone and orchestra, and Marsayas or The Enchanted Well (1910), the latter a "mythical comedy" derived from classical literature. Diepenbrock took his patriotic role as a composer during the war very seriously, authoring topical songs expressing opposition to Germany. His final years saw Diepenbrock turn his musical activities back toward classical literature, including incidental music for Aristophanes' The Birds (1917) and Sophocles' Elektra (1920), as well as music for Goethe's Faust (1918). Read less
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  • 1.
    Diepenbrock: Symphonic Poems / Hermus, Bamberg Symphony
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777927 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock
    Conductor:  Antony Hermus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Diepenbrock: Orchestral Songs / Begemann, Tausk, St. Gallen Symphony
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777836 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock
    Performer:  Hans Christoph Begemann
    Conductor:  Otto Tausk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra
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    Unknown Arias & Variations / Luigi Magistrelli
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1384 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Simon Mayr,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli,  Annamaria Chiuri,  Claudia Bracco,  Margherita [Soprano Vocal] Tomasi  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    24 Italian Songs And Arias
    Label: Chai-lun Yueh Singing Studio   Catalog: 5637991945 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bononcini,  Giulio Caccini,  Antonio Caldara,  Alphons Diepenbrock  ... 
    Performer:  Qi Liu,  Chai-lun Yueh
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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    Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Oboe Concerto / Jarvi, Hague Residentie Orchestra
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4511 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Pauline Oostenrijk
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Songs By Dutch Composers - Diepenbrock, Et Al / Ameling, Etc
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6018 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Hendrik Andriessen,  Matthijs Vermeulen,  Robert Heppener  ... 
    Performer:  Dalton Baldwin,  Richte Van der Meer,  Elly Ameling,  Albert de Klerk  ... 
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    Diepenbrock: De Vogels, Marsyas, Elektra, Etc / Vonk, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10029 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Christoph Homberger,  Linda Finnie,  Emmy Verhey
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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    Follow Goethe / Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999685 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Gees
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    Mahler: Symphony No 7;  Diepenbrock / Chailly, Concertgebouw
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444446 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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