The Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Op.50 (Henschel, George)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1892. Plate 9318.
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|Work Title||The Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet|
|First Performance||1892-01 – London|
|First Publication||1892 – London: Novello, Ewer, & Co.|
|Language||English ; German translation by composer(?) (in final scene)|
|Dedication||Inscribed to the memory of his friend Max Eberstadt|
|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
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.