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Engelbert humperdinck

Hänsel und Gretel, opera

Engelbert Humperdinck , born in Siegburg (North Rhine-Westphalia) on September 1, 1854 and died in Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) on September 27, 1921, is a German composer, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel (1893).

In 1872, Humperdinck entered the conservatory of Cologne where he was professor Ferdinand Hiller. In 1876, he obtained a scholarship that allowed him to settle in Munich, where he studied with Franz Lachner and later with Josef Rheinberger. He won the Mendelssohn Foundation (Mendelssohn Stiftung) Foundation Prize in Berlin in 1879, then moved to Naples where he met Richard Wagner, who invited him to go to Bayreuth.

He spent two years as a teacher in Barcelona (between 1875 and 1877) at the Conservatori Superior de música del Liceu. During the years 1880-1881, Humperdinck participated in the production of Parsifal. He returned to Cologne in 1887. He became professor at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt in 1890 and professor of harmony at the Stockhausen Singing School.

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