The Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Op.50 (Henschel, George)

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London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1892. Plate 9318.


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General Information

Work Title The Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet
Alternative Title
Composer Henschel, George
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.50
Movements/Sections 17 numbers
  1. Prelude to Act I
  2. Appearance of the Ghost
  3. Danish March
  4. Appearance of Ghost
  5. Prelude to Act II: Ophelia
  6. Flourish of Trumpets
  7. Hamlet. alone
  8. Act III: Interlude
  9. Hamlet's Monologue
  10. The Play Scene
  11. Appearance of Ghost in Queen's Chamber
  12. Prelude to Act IV: Ophelia's Death
  13. The Queen relates the drowning of Ophelia
  14. Prelude to Act V: Pastorale
  15. Churchyard Scene
  16. Fencing Scene
  17. Hamlet's Death
First Performance 1892-01 – London
First Publication 1892 – London: Novello, Ewer, & Co.
Librettist William Shakespeare
Language English ; German translation by composer(?) (in final scene)
Dedication Inscribed to the memory of his friend Max Eberstadt
Composer Time Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: female chorus (SAA)
Orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (B, A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F, E, D), 3 trumpets (C, E, F), 3 trombones, tuba, triangle, tam-tam, cymbals, small side drum, timpani, organ, harp, strings

Misc. Comments

Composed for the production of the play at the Haymarket Theatre, London in January, 1892.
The choral part is only used in the final number and apparently consists of 3 voices per part. The score contains various textual cues in both English and German for the timing of performance. Henschel specifies that the concert suite is to consist of the following numbers: 1, 5, 8, 14, 12, and 3. Some of the numbers have alternate endings in the score for the concert version.

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