Notes & Reviews:
The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of Alphons Diepenbrock's birth in Amsterdam, and the 100th anniversary of his acclamation, during the second Nederlandse Muziekfeest, as the most important Dutch composer since Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The greater part of Diepenbrock's music is composed for voices. Of his almost 100 separate compositions, there are less than five that use neither the human voice nor a written text. A text was so essential to the full musical effect of Diepenbrock's music that it is hardly possible to imagine that someone could understand his works well without an equal understanding of the texts that he used. These texts were never chosen at random nor easily; they influenced and defined not only the general atmosphere of a song but also the significance of every modulation and every subconscious thought, for they defined the musical unity of the piece just as much as each separate musical phrase or its musical explanation.
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