Autograph musical quotation signed "E. Humperdinck" from the composer's opera Hänsel und Gretel. Engelbert HUMPERDINCK.

Autograph musical quotation signed "E. Humperdinck" from the composer's opera Hänsel und Gretel.

Two measures for bass identified ("H & Gr I.") in the composer's hand, with text commencing "Ra la la la" from the Father's introduction in Act I, Scene 3. Notated in ink. On an album leaf 149 x 111 mm.

Slightly worn and browned; creased at folds.

"Humperdinck became engaged to Hedwig Taxer at Christmas 1890 and presented her with the Singspiel version of Hänsel und Gretel as an engagement present. In January 1891 he started orchestrating it and began to consider turning it into a full-scale opera. From June to August he was occupied at Bayreuth both as a critic for the Frankfurter Zeitung and as a backstage helper for opera production. In December Humperdinck presented Hedwig with the draft of the full version of Hänsel und Gretel as a Christmas present..."

"On 19 May he and Hedwig were married and spent the summer at the Bayreuth festival. Humperdinck's duties as a teacher and critic, his marriage and fatherhood (his first child, Wolfram, was born on 29 April 1893), delayed the completion of the final version of Hänsel und Gretel until 17 September 1893. The first performance was given in Weimar on 23 December under Richard Strauss; its success was immediate and spread throughout Europe. Mahler, whom Humperdinck met in Weimar on 1 June 1894, gave the first performance in Hamburg on 25 September. Further performances of significance were under Felix Weingartner on 13 October in Berlin in the presence of the Kaiser and his wife, who granted Humperdinck an audience; on 30 November in Dessau, directed by Cosima Wagner; and on 18 December in Vienna, attended by Humperdinck, Brahms and Wolf." Ian Denley in Grove Music Online. Item #31340

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