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Engelbert Humperdinck: More than a myth, Chamber music & songs



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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) was a student at the Conservatory in Cologne from the
spring of 1872; it was at this time that he got to know the Siegburg district judge and arbitrator
Johannes Degen, an excel lent singer and violinist, who gave regular chamber concerts in Siegburg
at which he played in his own string quartet. Humperdi nck, whose talent he had astute I y spotted,
was the pianist and composer he had been looking for. For his part, the young music student saw
his admission to Degen's chamber-music circle as an opportunity for regular performance;
in return, he wrote whatever Degen requested.
Humperdi nck's tally of 13 chamber compositions represents a rel a ti vel y small part of his
oeuvre. His fl nished pieces include two major works, an early piano quintet ( 1875) and a late string
quartet ( 1920).
Humperdinck, who always saw himself as a composer of vocal and stage music, wrote songs at
an early age that already displayed his remarkable talent for attractive melodies. One of
Humperdinck's most popular songs during his lifetime is his Wiegenlied (1900), a "lullaby" that
found the universal acceptance of a folk-song. The round of chamber music, songs for piano and
Lieder in chamber settings comes ful I circle in Die wunderschone Zei t.
Facts
Item number HC21022
Barcode 881488210224
Release date 17/09/2021
Category
Label Hanssler Classic
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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