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Hänsel and Gretel | opera by Humperdinck |

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”. A horrible Witch takes hold of them, eyeing them hungrily and telling them how much she loves children—to eat.

She tells Gretel to be reasonable, and then the witch goes inside to fetch raisins and almonds with which to fatten Hansel. The witch tells her to lift herself pdayer little bit and bend her head forward.

From that set of songs Humperdinck expanded the piece to a singspiel and then ultimately to a full opera. Scene at the Vienna State Opera At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, praher that we can fully understand their context. Peter laughs heartily at this, and Gertrude cannot help joining in. Gretel scolds him and tells him he should get back to work.

They begin snacking on the berries as they listen to a cuckoo singing in the distance. Hansel and Gretel was first conducted in Weimar by Richard Strauss inyumperdinck followed by its Hamburg premiere on 25 Septemberconducted by Gustav Mahler. Filter music for instrument: Unable to resist temptation, they take a little bit of the house and nibble on it. After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera.


Richard WagnerGerman dramatic composer and theorist whose operas and music had a revolutionary influence on the course of Western music, either by extension of his discoveries or reaction humpfrdinck them. Humperddinck other children take the Witch, who has now herself turned into gingerbread, out of the oven. He puts grains of sand into their eyes, and as he leaves they can barely keep their eyes open. A premiere was arranged for Munich late in Hansel springs out of the cage, and he and Gretel shove the witch into the oven.

The two rush out of the house in search of the children. Contact our editors with your feedback.

She dances with her broomstick in gleeful anticipation of her feast. He explains that this is heaven’s punishment for evil deeds and reminds them, “When the need is greatest, God the Lord puts out His hand.

Hänsel and Gretel

There was a problem with your submission. This well-known piece can be performed by orchestra with almost humperdlnck suitable solo instruments or voices not necessarily the same; it could be performed humperfinck, say, a trumpet and a french horn or many other combinations. In English-speaking countries Hansel and Gretel is most often performed in English. Thank you for your feedback.

He evenimg out a bone instead, and she feels it instead. He surprises her by taking from his pack a feast: Meanwhile, the gingerbread children pull out from the ruins of the oven the witch, who has turned into gingerbread. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. In the middle of all hupmerdinck fun, Gertrude comes home in a very bad mood, angry at them for not having finished their work.


It is also used, less commonly, for a musical work not intended for the stage. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The roof is slated with cakes, the windows are of licorice, and the walls are decorated with cookies. Then she despairs and begs God for help in feeding her children.

Jumperdinck Learn how and when to remove this template message. Disappointed that he is so thin, the witch calls for Gretel to bring out raisins and almonds.

The oven begins to crackle and the flames burn fiercely, and with a loud crash it explodes. Hansel softly calls out to her to be careful. Mother changes the subject to the evehing jug, and after she finishes telling him the story, he laughs, then asks again after the children. Betsy Schwarm Linda Cantoni.

Hansel and Gretel (opera) – Wikipedia

The forest is filled with light as the curtain falls. The Sick and Silly Show Suite for Strings Violin 1 by John Rutter. As the forest darkens, Hansel and Gretel become scared, and think they see something coming closer. All thank God for their rescue and dance triumphantly. He went from house to house and sold his brooms at the highest prices. The Dew Fairy comes to wake the children.