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Hans Henze

Born in Germany in 1926, the life and music of Hans Werner Henze was greatly influenced by world politics.  His early musical influence came from Nazi-controlled sources, although he grew to hate fascism, the regime, and the war. Serving near the end of the war, Henze had a brief internment in a British camp where he improved his English and learned about cultural life outside the Third Reich.Following the war he supported his family as a transport worker, but fortune led him to Heidelberg where he became a composition student, gaining a solid foundation through the teachings of Wolfgang Fortner. With his first successful operas, Henze left Germany in 1953 for a more relaxed Italy, where he has remained, although teaching in the United States and Cuba as well as other commitments have meant much world travel.