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 . Gretel reminds Hansel to say their evening prayer, and after they pray, they.

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She tells Gretel to be reasonable, and then the witch goes inside to fetch raisins and almonds with which to fatten Hansel. You can still place orders but they will not be despatched until we reopen.

Fourteen angels come out and arrange themselves around the children to protect them as they sleep. Father gathers Hansel, Gretel evenibg the other children around and tells them to look at this miracle.

Retrieved 19 July Please login to view your account. She sprinkles dew on them, sings of how wonderful it is to be alive in the morning with the beauty of the forest surrounding her, and leaves as the children stir.

He explains to her that beyond the forest, it is almost time for a festival, and everyone is cleaning in preparation. Bacon, butter, flour, sausages, fourteen eggs, beans, onions, and a quarter pound of coffee. Hansel whispers to Gretel to pretend to obey the witch. The witch leaves him stiff and slow of movement.

Gretel says that she is “a goose” and doesn’t understand, then asks the witch to demonstrate. He surprises her by taking from his pack a feast: The Sandman, who has just walked out of the forest, tells the children that he loves them dearly, and that he has come to put them to sleep. Mother changes the subject to the broken jug, and after she finishes telling him the story, he laughs, then asks again after the children.


As Hansel breaks off another piece of the house, the voice again calls out, “Nibbling, nibbling, little mouse! They are asleep and unable prayre move, but they sing to Hansel and Gretel, asking to be prater. Hansel says that he does not want to work, he would rather dance. Who’s nibbling on my little house? Hansel springs out of the cage, and he and Gretel shove the witch into the oven.

He tells her that she looks like the Queen of the Wood, and she evennig that if that’s so, then he should give her a bouquet, too. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As Hansel tries to escape, the witch explains that she is Rosine Leckermaul literally, “Rosina Tastymuzzle”[12] and that she likes nothing better than to feed children sweets.

Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck, Engelbert)

Hofmeister’s Monatsberichtp. Loosen, rigid muscles, hush! Arranger Richard Kleinmichel — A number of the arrangements listed are designed to simplify works to some extent but composers of many original works featured did not consider difficulty when writing them.

Gertrud, [N 1] his wife.

In English-speaking countries Hansel and Gretel is most often performed in English. A neighbor has given mother a jug of milk, and tonight she will make a rice pudding for them to eat. Here there is a prelude which begins the act, called the “Witch-ride”. Peter, [N 1] broom-maker.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Foliation iv,ix This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project. This well-known piece can eveninb performed by orchestra with almost any suitable solo instruments or voices not necessarily the same; it could be performed by, say, a trumpet and a french horn or many other combinations.


She lures children with cakes and sweets, pushes them into her oven, where they turn to gingerbread, and then eats them. On the left side is an oven, on the right side is a cage, and around it is a humperdinkc of gingerbread children. Naxos Javascript not enabled. Hofoper Richard Strauss conductor First Pub lication. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Hansel and Gretel (opera) – Wikipedia

Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in and Constance HumperfinckEnglish text. Retrieved 6 October He bursts into the house, roaring drunk, and kisses mother roughly. Opera Pronto, Colorado Opera Network.

Creative Commons Zero 1. From far off, father sings about how hungry he is. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. They are presented with a gift. Arranger Edwin Henry Lemare Retrieved 15 January They tell each other of their mutual dream, of angels protecting them as they slept.

Recordings Works reprinted by Edwin F. Suddenly they notice behind them a glorious gingerbread house. He puts grains humperdnck sand into their evenin, and as he leaves they can barely keep their eyes open.

Sometimes, the two acts are linked to each other, and the prelude is treated as an interlude.