July 1, birthday of Hans Werner Henze: Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters

Hans Werner Henze (1926 – 2012) was born in Gütersloh, Westphalia.  His father was a World War I veteran injured in the Battle of Verdun. The father recognized the boys musical talents and provided the boy with a musical education.  But running up to WWI, his father became a Nazi and re-enlisted in the German Army, where, in 1943, he was killed on the Eastern Front.  Hans was sent to Hitler Youth camps, and later became a radio operator before being captured by the British in 1944.  After the war, he fled Germany to Italy in 1953 because of German intolerance of homosexuality.  There, in the town of Marino he flourished as a composer, and his political view became increasingly leftist.  He tried a stint in Cuba, but became disillusioned with Castro.  He was influenced by Stravinski, serialism, atonality, jazz and Arabic music.  You can hear the Stravinski in his “Elegy for Young Lovers.”

Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters

Tristan (1973) – Preludes for piano, tape and orchestra

Elegy for Young Lovers

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One Response to July 1, birthday of Hans Werner Henze: Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters

  1. Pingback: July 1, birthday of Hans Werner Henze: Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters — Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac | I Write The Music

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