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Hans Werner Henze Died on 27 October 2012

The German composer Hans Werner Henze died in Dresden last Saturday, 27 October 2012, at the age of 86. He is considered one of the most frequently performed composers of the present day.

The composer, who was born 1926 in Gütersloh and later lived in Italy, could never be classified as belonging to any particular school, but he contributed with his works to the development of the New Music in the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century as did only a very few others. Henze composed over forty musical theatrical works alone, as well as solo concertos, symphonies, oratorios, song cycles and chamber works. Several works were the result of his close friendship with the author Ingeborg Bachmann and, as with the stage work "The Hot Oven", even with a number of co-authors. The great works of the recent years are Henze's operas and stage works "L’Upupa – and the Triumph of Filial Love", "Gisela", the orchestral piece "Scorribanda sinfonica" and the serenade "L’heure bleue".

The world premiere of a new orchestral work entitled "Isolde's Death" by Hans Werner Henze was planned for 26 March 2013 in Dresden with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian to celebrate the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner.

Copyright of the photo: Richard Haughton


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