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German composer.

Career Summary

Humperdinck studied at the Cologne Conservatory 1872‒76, then the Royal Music School in Munich, studying counterpoint with Rheinberger. In 1881‒82, at Wagner's request he assisted in preparing the first performance of Parsifal at Bayreuth. In 1889‒90 he was private music teacher to Siegfried Wagner. Thereafter he taught at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main, in 1896 becoming professor there. He composed operas, notably Hänsel und Gretel (1893) and Die Königskinder (1897), also choral music, songs, orchestral and chamber works.

Humperdinck and Schenker

Schenker apparently wrote an article on Humperdinck for Die Zukunft, which was rejected by the editor, Maximiliam Harden, and is now not known to survive. Schenker did, however, in his early writings as a reviewer, discuss the composer several times. There is no known correspondence between the two.


  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • Federhofer, Hellmut, ed., Heinrich Schenker als Essayist und Kritiker (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 1990), pp. 133‒34, 185, 339, 352, 356‒57

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