Hans Werner Henze

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The composer Hans Werner Henze, born in 1926 in Gütersloh, regards music, as he explained in a 1990 interview, primarily as a communicator of "atmospheres, moods and realistic (often interpersonal) processes". Henze studied, starting in 1942, at the State Music School in Braunschweig, then later with Wolfgang Fortner in Heidelberg. From 1946 to 1952 he took part in the International Vacation Courses for Modern Music in Darmstadt, attending classes given there by René Leibowitz. In conjunction with the student movement of the late 1960´s, Henze began dedicating more and more attention to political issues. Since 1962 he has taught composition at various music schools of higher learning. In Munich he founded the "Biennale", an international festival of modern musical theatre.

Henze died in Dresden on 27 October 2012 at the age of 86.