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 and
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When noon came, each ate a little piece of bread. It grew late, but still the woodcutter did not return. As they had been sitting such a long time, their eyes closed with fatigue, and they fell fast asleep.
When at last they awoke, it was already dark night. Check it out. I love the image of them protecting children. I especially love the following image, which hit me with a jolt when I saw it the other day. Precisely the feeling I get when listening to this music. Although the second version of it, below, seems to be geared more toward an American audience, the sort of thing you might find on PBS holiday specials or pledge drive weeks.
But Ms. Now, for some quirky American reason, they have the women sing the duet twice, same words and all. So, enjoy, dear readers. Will you help us remain a refreshing oasis in the increasingly contentious arena of modern discourse? All comments are moderated and must be civil, concise, and constructive to the conversation. Comments that are critical of an essay may be approved, but comments containing ad hominem criticism of the author will not be published.
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Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful music. Blessings, Linore Rose Burkard. Allan Warren Dec 17, at am - Reply. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.
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