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Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel - forzandoArts

Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel

Cover from Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel

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Handbell solo or duet with optional piano or organ

Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck and arranged by Victor L. Gumma.

“Evening Prayer” or “Abendsegen” is some of the most admired music from Humperdinck’s 1893 opera based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale about the titular Hänsel and Gretel.  The opera was proposed by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Weete, who also wrote the liberetto:

When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding
Two my feet are guiding
Two are on my right hand
Two are on my left hand
Two who warmly cover
Two who o’er me hover
Two to whom ’tis given
To guide my steps to heaven

Sleeping sofly, then it seems
Heaven enters in my dreams;
Angels hover round me,
Whisp'ring they have found me;
Two are sweetly singing,
Two are garlands bringing,
Strewing me with roses
As my soul reposes.
God will not forsake me
When dawn at last will wake me.

This versatile arrangement can be played by a handbell soloist or as a duet, with optional piano or organ accompaniment. A treble C instrument such as flute, oboe, or violin may also be substituted for the handbell melody when played one octave higher than written in the handbell part.

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