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Humperdinck: Evening Prayer

To all members of the International Suzuki Teachers Exchange,
the German Suzuki Association,

our friends, colleagues and supporters!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015


Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)

MP3: Evening Prayer
Music: From the opera “Hansel und Gretel”

Sheet Music with Arrangements for 2 Violins and Piano or Organ

by Kerstin Wartberg

Rudolf Gaehler & Kerstin Wartberg, Violins
Tobias Kunst, Organ

The scene develops as follows:
While the two children sing their evening prayer, fourteen angels appear onstage in light flowing robes. Hansel and Gretel fall asleep peacefully as a golden rain descends from heaven.
Before the curtain slowly closes, a delicate postlude is played by the orchestra,
which is played here by the organ.

 Evening Prayer
When at night I go to sleep,
Fourteen angels watch do keep,
Two my head are guarding,
Two my feet are guiding;
Two upon my right hand,
Two upon my left hand.
Two who warmly cover
Two who o’er me hover,
Two to whom ’tis given
To guide my steps to heaven.
Sleeping sofly, then it seems
Heaven enters in my dreams;
Angels hover round me,
Whisp’ring they have found me;
Two are sweetly singing,
Two are garlands bringing,
Strewing me with roses
As my soul reposes.
God will not forsake me
When dawn at last will wake me.
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