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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Plate , Editor Orfeo Mandozzi. Arranger [composer's arrangement]. Arranger Richard Kleinmichel , piano reduction. Constance Bache , English text. Plates and Arranger Richard Kleinmichel — Has the full score's copyright claim, but actually published Hofmeister's Monatsbericht , p. Arranger David Edward Kemp. Arranger Otto Singer II Arranger August Reinhard Arranger Georg Goltermann — Arranger Edwin Henry Lemare Arranger Gabriel Isenberg. Arranger Manfred R. Taxus, Prepended new lyrics transform the ingenious but very short "Abendsegen" into a two-strophe Christmas carol "Weihnachts-Kindertraum".
Arranger Stefan Adams. Bolle , n. Humperdinck, Engelbert. Adelheid Wette , after the Brothers Grimm. Wikipedia article.
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck, Engelbert)