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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)

Engelbert Humperdinck was a German composer, best known for his opera, Hänsel und Gretel.

After receiving piano lessons, Humperdinck produced his first composition at the age of seven. His first attempts at works for the stage were two Singspiele written when he was 13. His parents disapproved of his plans for a career in music and encouraged him to study architecture. Nevertheless, he began taking music classes under Ferdinand Hiller at the Cologne Conservatory and the subsequently won a scholarship to go to Munich, where he studied with Franz Lachner and later with Josef Rheinberger. He went to Italy and became acquainted with Richard Wagner in Naples. Wagner invited him to join him in Bayreuth and during 1880 and 1881 Humperdinck assisted in the production of Parsifal. He also served as music tutor to the composer's son, Siegfried.

He was appointed professor at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main in 1890 and also teacher of harmony at Julius Stockhausen's Vocal School. By this time he had composed several works for chorus and a Humoreske for orchestra, which enjoyed a vogue in Germany.

It was at this time in Frankfurt that Humperdinck wrote four songs with a libretto by his sister based on the Grimm brother's fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. This expanded into 16 songs with piano and connecting dialogue. In 1893 it appeared as an opera conducted by Richard Strauss. It was an instant success and has remained so ever since.
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