STUDIO ORCHESTRA :
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
Overture to ' Susanna's Secret'
Selection from ' Hansel and Gretel'
THE scent of cigarette smoke in his wife's boudoir aroused the jealousy of Susanna's husband, until Susanna confessed that the smoker was none other than herself. Such is the plot of the one-act Opera (written in 1909, before the days of women's emancipation as smokers) to which Wolf-Ferrari attached this wholly appropriate gay-spirited Overture.
TTUMPERDINCK, though ho was fairly well
-LL known as a composer before he brought out Hansel and Gretel (in 1893), tasted the rich fruit of perfect success with that work—success to which he never again quite attained. Wo acclaim him all the more heartily because, though he was closely associated with Wagnerian opera (he was a right-hand man to Wagner in the preparation of Parsifal), he never merely copied the master, yet contrived to learn a great deal from him, so that Hänsel awl Gretel gained tremendously by Humperdinck's absorption of the spirit of Wagnerian methods. In any selection from the Opera we shall almost certainly hear some of those leading tunes that occur in tho Overture-the Children's Prayer that, we remember, comes at the opening of it, on the Horns, tho Witch's Magic, the Song of tho Sand-man, and other tunes that we hum as wo come away from a performance of the work.
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