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Engelbert Humperdinck

Publisher: Novello & Co

Hänsel und Gretel (1893)
Text Writer
Libretto by Adelheid Wette after a Grimm fairytale. English translation by Constance Bache, revised
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1893
Duration
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Chorus
children's chorus; ballet
Language
English, German
Soloist
Alto, Baritone, 3 Mezzo Sopranos, 3 Sopranos
Solo Instrument(s)
lyric Soprano
Alternate Orchestration
1121/2210/timp/hp/str; No full score for reduced orchestration
Programme Note
Engelbert Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel (1893)
Synopsis:
The children Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods to gather strawberries after their mother finds them playing instead of working. They lose their way in the forest and fall asleep and in the morning they come upon a witch’s gingerbread house. The witch locks up Hansel and forces Gretel to work for her, but the children trick the witch, push her into the oven and thereby free all the children who had been turned into gingerbread cookies.

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