- Ian Denley
(b Siegburg, Sept 1, 1854; d Neustrelitz, Sept 27, 1921). German composer and teacher.
Humperdinck received piano tuition at an early age, and produced his first composition, Zu Mantua in Banden, for piano duet, at the age of seven and his first attempts at works for the stage, the Singspiele Perla and Claudine von Villa Bella at 13. Having attended elementary school in Siegburg (until 1869), he completed his schooling at the Theodorianum Gymnasium in Paderborn. He sang occasionally as a chorister in performances by the choirs of Paderborn Cathedral and music society. Musical influences at the time were wide-ranging, from the standard symphonic works of Mozart and Haydn to Mendelssohn and, particularly, Weber. During the Paderborn years, in addition to a Jubelhymnus for choir and orchestra he composed an Ave Maria for tenor and string quartet (both 1871); these and other youthful works were destroyed by a fire at the family home in ...