Alphons Diepenbrock

Alphons Diepenbrock was born on 2 September 1862 in Amsterdam and grew up in a Catholic family of five children. As a child, Diepenbrock was attracted to music and he played the piano and the violin. His parents did not support his wish to go to the conservatory and Diepenbrock went to study classical languages instead. He composed in his spare time.

In 1888 he took his doctoral degree on a thesis on Seneca. In the same year he was appointed as a classics teacher at the gymnasium in Den Bosch. In his spare time, he was still composing, as well as writing essays on various subjects, such as music, painting, literature, philosophy, social history and politics for journals such as De Nieuwe Gids and De Kroniek.

Dissatisfied with the educational system of that time and the uninspiring environment of the town where he was living, Diepenbrock moved to Amsterdam in 1895. Here, he gave private lessons in classical languages and started to focus more on composition. In 1895 he married Elisabeth de Jong van Beek en Donk (1868-1939). They had two children: Joanna (1905-1966) and Thea (1907-1995).

As a composer, Diepenbrock was self-taught. Out of a feeling of insecurity, he was always polishing his music. On the other hand, the collaboration with directors and singers who were convinced of the qualities of his work, always fortified and helped him. Diepenbrock died in Amsterdam on 5 April 1921.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1897-1899 Hymne an die Nacht No1; No 2; No 3; 4.00 out of 5 stars 2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Linda Finnie - Mezzo Soprano
Christoph Hombert - Tenor
Emmy Verhey - Violin
Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk
1902 Hymne Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe No 1; No 2; No 3; 4.0 stars  2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Linda Finnie - Mezzo Soprano
Christoph Hombert - Tenor
Robert Holl - Bass Baritone
Emmy Verhey - Violin
Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk
1904-1905 Im Grossen Schweigen 4.0 stars 2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Robert Holl - Bass Baritone
Emmy Verhey - Violin
Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk
1904-1905 (rev.1918) Im Grossen Schweigen 4.0 stars 6 LP
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Ruud van der Meer - Bass Baritone
Residentieorkest cond. Ferdinand Letner
1910 Marsyas (Parts) 4.0 stars LP
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Bernard Haitink
1910-1911 Die Nacht Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; 4.0 stars 2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Linda Finnie - Mezzo Soprano
Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk
1917 De Vogels Ouverture 4.0 stars 2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk
1917 De Vogels Ouverture 4.0 stars LP
Comments:
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Bernard Haitink
1917 De Vogels Ouverture 4.0 stars 5 CD
Comments:
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra cond. David Porcelijn
1919-1920 Electra Symphonic Suite 4.0 stars 2 CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Arranged by Eduard Reeser

Residentieorkest The Hague cond. Hans Vonk