The story of Hansel and Gretel is a familiar one. The fairy tales written by Jakob Ludwig and Wilhelm Karl Grimm have become classics of literature that children around the world are taught from and about. This prelude, from Humperdinck's famous opera, requires great sensitivity and maturity of tone. William Ryden has removed the original 'Dream' sequence and substituted the 'Evening Prayer' in this adaptation. There are solo passages for both first and second violins, viola, and cello.