Bohemian Fifths Werner Henze

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9780571178155: Bohemian Fifths Werner Henze

The German composer, Hans Werner Henze, presents an account of his life and of the creative process and performances of his music. The book documents his engagement with socialist politics following his upbringing in Nazi Germany, his "exuberant" personal life, his friendships with Stravinsky, Walton and Visconti, his collaborations with Auden, Edward Bons and Enzensberger, and his attitude to and relations with other composers.

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It comes as no surprise that Hans Werner Henze's autobiography, like his music, is alternately elegant, dense, and humorous, with a clear love of history and classical beauty. Henze covers both his life and work through 1995; readers may find themselves looking back to Artur Rubinstein's My Young Years to find a musician who has written an autobiography with as much style. Of special interest is Henze's first detailed public comment on the events surrounding the notorious canceled premiere of Das Floss der Medusa. There is also a long sequence of diary entries from his second visit to Cuba. The diary format effectively conveys his initial excitement in the country, which clearly sets off his later disillusionment with Castro. Anecdotes about almost all of Henze's music abound, but the most interesting comments are about music in general--why he hates cello sonatas, why he likes to write for the guitar, why electronic music is unsuitable for ballet. Henze writes beautifully about Mozart ("the link between artistry and simplicity"), Mahler, William Walton, and the Naples debut of Maria Callas. There is a straightforward description of how he composes and a section describing the philosophy behind his festival at Montepulciano.

Stewart Spencer's translation is everywhere elegant. In Wiesbaden, we read, one finds "only old ladies with equally ancient hats and poodles." Readers who have come to Henze's music via the Grammy-nominated new recording of the ballet Undine will find helpful information on that work, both about the premiere production and a major revival in 1998. --William R. Braun

From the Back Cover:

"Hans Werner Henze is one of the most important composers of the twentieth century, and these are his extensive, detailed memoirs. For that reason alone, they should be read. I found the book highly interesting and highly readable."--John Rockwell, Editor, Arts and Leisure, The New York Times

"Henze is a significant figure in the music world whose career has spanned the major part of this century, and in locations that were crisis spots.... There are interesting passages here about his relationships with other artistic figures: W. H. Auden, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Luchino Visconti. He is quite candid and amusing about encounters with musicians such as Luigi Nono, Sergui Celibidache, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The descriptions he provides of some of his concerts ... will become part of theater lore."--Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

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