Sheet music by Engelbert Humperdinck

Humperdinck’s reputation rests chiefly on his opera Hänsel and Gretel, which he began work on in Frankfurt in 1890.[2] He first composed four songs to accompany a puppet show his nieces were giving at home. Then, using a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette rather loosely based on the version of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, he composed a Singspiel of 16 songs with piano accompaniment and connecting dialogue. By January 1891 he had begun working on a complete orchestration.