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Humperdinck : Hänsel und Gretel

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The opera Hänsel und Gretel was composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, who himself described it as a Märchenoper [fairy tale opera].

The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette.

It is based on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the brothers J.L. and W.C. Grimm.

This opera is much admired for its folk music-based themes, one of the most famous being the Abendsegen [Evening Prayer] from act 2.

The idea for the opera came from Humperdinck's sister, who asked him to write music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on Hansel and Gretel.

After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.

Humperdinck composed Hänsel und Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892.

The opera premiered in Weimar on 23 December 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss.

Details about Humperdinck : Hänsel und Gretel

Title : Hänsel und Gretel
Subtitle : Hansel and Gretel
Composer : Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)
Catalog : EHWV 93.3
Style : Romantic
Composed/published : 1891-1892
Original instrumentation : Opera

Sources : Engelbert Humperdinck, Hänsel und Gretel (Weimar, 23 december 1893).

Sheet music associated with Humperdinck : Hänsel und Gretel

CatalogueTitleKeyInstrumentation
EHWV 93 Evening Prayer   D MajorVocal duet (soprano, mezzo-soprano) and piano
EHWV 93 Evening Prayer   D MajorViolin, viola and piano
EHWV 93 Evening Prayer - Abendsegen   D MajorTwo violins and piano
EHWV 93 Evening Prayer - Abendsegen   D MajorTwo violas and piano
EHWV 93 Evening Prayer - Abendsegen   D MajorVocal duet (soprano, mezzo-soprano) and piano


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