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Hansel and Gretel Overture

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Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck (arr. Frank Erickson)


Subtitle: Based on Theme from the Opera Hansel and Gretel


General Info

Year: 1892 / 1960
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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Instrumentation

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F and E-flat I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the Abendsegen (Evening Benediction) from act 2.

The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing 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 Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892. The opera was first performed in the Hoftheater in Weimar on 23 December 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. It has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Three themes incorporated in this overture are A Little Man Children's Prayer, and Little Dance.


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Arkansas: I
  • Oklahoma: I-A


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Resources

  • Hansel and Gretel (opera), Wikipedia. Accessed 30 March 2021
  • Humperdinck, E.; Erickson, F. (1960). Hansel and Gretel Overture : Based on Themes from the Opera [score]. Belwin Mills: New York.