Humperdinck, Engelbert (hŭmˈpərdĭngk, Ger. ĕngˈəlbĕrt hŏmˈpərdĭngk) [key], 1854–1921, German composer and teacher. He is known chiefly for his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel (1893), successful because of its fairy-tale subject and its folk-inspired music. He wrote other operas and dramatic music which are mostly forgotten.
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