Tune of the Day: Evening Prayer
Hänsel und Gretel is an opera by 19th-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck. The libretto was written by Humperdinck's sister, based on the fairy tale of German origin Hansel and Gretel. The whole opera is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the “Abendsegen” (“Evening Prayer”) 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. The composer happily provided some musical numbers, and the entertainment went off so well that he decided to expand what he had written into a three-act opera.
Thanks to Colleen for suggesting this piece!