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Prologue, Prayer and Dream Pantomime

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Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck (arr. Frank Erickson)

From the opera Hansel and Gretel

General Info

Year: 1893 / 1995
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mary Erickson
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $9.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet/ Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This arrangement is derived from the music in Act II with Hansel and Gretel lost and lying down to sleep in the woods. The Prologue begins with the sandman sprinkling sand on to the children's eyes. Hansel and Gretel respond by singing their Evening Prayer. In the Dream Pantomime a ladder reaches down from heaven and 14 angels are seen to surround the sleeping children.

- Program Note from publisher

Hansel and 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 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 Notes from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Virginia: IV


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