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Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Königskinder (Opera)

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Personal name headingHumperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Königskinder (Opera)
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Variant(s)Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Kingly children (Opera)
Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. King's children (Opera)
Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Royal children (Opera)
Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Enfants du roi (Opera)
Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Roitelets
Form of workOperas
Found inHis Königskinder, c1910: t.p. (Königskinder = Kingly children : a fairy opera in three acts)
LC data base, 11-6-93 (hdg.: Humperdinck, Engelbert, 1854-1921. Königskinder)
Grove music online WWW site, July 13, 2005 (Königskinder: Märchenoper in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by Ernst Rosmer (pseudonym of Else Bernstein-Porges) after her play of the same name; New York, Metropolitan Opera, Dec. 28, 1910. In 1894 Heinrich Porges asked Humperdinck to provide incidental music for the play. When the author refused to allow the material to be expanded into an opera, Humperdinck decided to adopt the medium of melodrama, mixing spoken dialogue and song with a new kind of rhythmically notated Sprechgesang. The work was produced at the Munich Hoftheater on Jan. 23, 1897. Despite the practical difficulties created by the new idiom, the melodrama appeared on over 130 stages before lapsing into obscurity. In 1907, finally gaining the author's consent to transform it into an opera, Humperdinck set about revising the work. He reworked each melodramatic scene into a continuous musical fabric, replacing the Sprechgesang with sung dialogue)