Humperdinck began work on Hänsel and Gretel in 1890 when his sister requested a set of four songs based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm for her children to perform at Christmas.
Humperdinck and Wette presented a softer and lighter version of the story: Hänsel and Gretel’s mother, rather than sending the children off to die as she does in the Grimms’ original, only orders them to go outside and pick strawberries to keep them from causing trouble in the house.
Friendly new characters – including the Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and 14 angels who guard the children while they sleep in the famous “Evening Prayer” – were added to the story.
Thursday 14 December 2023, 2pm – 4pm
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