Hänsel und Gretel
Door Engelbert Humperdinck Idar Torskangerpoll type 18 en thema
Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
was asked by his sister to compose music for å play for her children in 1890. He first started to compose Hänsel und Gretel, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, as a singspiel consisting of a play with 16 songs and piano. Later he created a full scale opera from the songs. This is an arrangement of the overture from this opera.
Idar Torskangerpoll (1970)
Idar was born in a small village called Torskangerpoll in the western part of Norway.
He grew up in a family where everyone played in the local wind-band. Idar attended the Universities of Trondheim and Oslo, where he studied composition on Master-degree level. His production spans from music for beginning band via chamber-music pieces to symphonies for band and solo-concertos. Idar is also active as conductor for bands all over Norway, and as a lecturer and teacher on courses arranged by the Norwegian Band Federation. All of Idar's published works are available from Norsk Noteservice as